It was apparent that the St. Louis Blues needed to do something with their roster as their playoff hopes began to fade. St. Louis traded for Jordan Leopold this week to improve their defense. Leopold may not be a big-time goal scorer, but he will bring a definite force on the back end for the Blues. St. Louis has been getting a bad on defense and had fallen into the bottom half of the NHL in goals allowed.
I like this move a lot for the Blues though. Leopold is a ten-year veteran who knows all about the pressure of the playoffs. There is a lot that can be said about having a veteran on defense who can calm down his teammates in a time of need. St. Louis had become a very stale team and one that was losing at an alarming pace. The Blues had fallen all the way from the No. 4 seed in the Western Conference to a point where they are trying to hold on to the final playoff position.
The team had to do something, and for now at least, Leopold will be the answer. I would have loved to have seen the Blues try to get another player on offense that can put the puck in the net though. St. Louis should have gone right back to the Buffalo Sabres to see if Thomas Vanek could have been the next move. Vanek and Leopold had been teammates all season in Buffalo, and I’m sure Leopold would love to have brought his former teammate with him to St. Louis. It would have been a worthwhile move for the Blues. St. Louis will have to see what they can do with Leopold and Jay Bouwmeester on the back end.