In the middle of a skid, you’ll look to do whatever you can to change that.
When you’re in the middle of a skid and half of your lineup is out, you might make a change to help swing the momentum back your way.
The Columbus Blue Jackets went for the latter on Saturday when they sent a 2016 fifth-round pick to the St. Louis Blues for defenseman Jordan Leopold. This comes in the wake of the announcement by the team that defenseman Fedor Tyutin would miss up to six weeks with a left knee sprain. He is just another in a seemingly infinite number of Blue Jackets to be injured this year.
Leople hadn’t been used much by the Blues over the last two years, so he became expendable. He played 27 games last year, averaging 15:35 a night while participating in only seven games this year at an average of 13:04 per night.
The Blues get his $2.25 million salary off the books, though they’ll retain $500,000 of his salaray (pro-rated from the start of the season).
The Jackets get an aging, somewhat decent defenseman who is a good guy and has an expiring contract. Oh, he’s also a healthy body and the Blue Jackets can use all of those right now.
This just in: Leopold landed in Columbus and was immediately hurt getting off the plane. Am I making that up? Honestly, the way this season is going, it’s hard to tell.
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