NHL Trade: Jordan Leopold Shipped to Pittsburgh Penguins

Jon StarSenior Writer IMarch 1, 2010

SUNRISE, FL - JANUARY 26: Jordan Leopold #44 of the Florida Panthers skates against the Montreal Canadiens on January 26, 2010 at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida. The Panthers defeated the Canadiens 2-1. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
Joel Auerbach/Getty Images

Just hours after the conclusion of the Olympics and the termination of the NHL trade freeze enforced during the Olympics, the Pittsburgh Penguins bolstered their defense. The Penguins acquired Florida Panthers defenseman Jordan Leopold in exchange for a 2010 second round draft pick, according to NHL.com

The Penguins re-enter the post-Olympic NHL season sitting at 76 points, good for fourth in the Eastern Conference. In Leopold, they gain a defenseman who has scored seven goals, dished 11 assists this season and has a plus-minus ratio of minus-seven.

The 29-year-old Leopold was originally selected by the Anaheim Ducks in the second round of the 1999 NHL Draft.  Leopold joins a defense anchored by long-time veteran Sergei Gonchar and Alex Goligoski.

The Penguins return to action on Tuesday night when Sidney Crosby and company square off against the Buffalo Sabres and USA goaltender Ryan Miller.

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