By Budd Bailey, Buffalo Sports Page Columnist

Jordan Leopold – Signed by the Sabres in 2010

The Sabres needed a little offensive help from their defensemen as they prepared for the 2010-11 season. They identified someone who could help – Jordan Leopold.

He had been drafted by Calgary, and bounced around a bit from there. Leopold also suited up for Colorado, Florida and Pittsburgh in his career. On July 1, 2010, he became an unrestricted free agent – and later that day he was a Buffalo Sabre. It was a three-year deal worth about $9 million.

Jordan did what he was expected to do in Buffalo during this time here, which was to be a regular. He set career highs in 2010-11 with 13 goals and 35 points, and added 10 more goals a year later. Leopold never got the chance to complete the third year of his deal, as he was traded to St. Louis for two draft picks. Buffalo was already near the bottom of the NHL, and general manager Darcy Regier had started to look to the future.

Leopold’s departure turned out to be the beginning of a purge of the roster than eventually included such players as Ryan Miller and Thomas Vanek. You could say, then, that Leopold’s departure was a signal that dark days were coming to the Sabres.

Here’s a happy memory for him.

(Follow Budd on Twitter @WDX2BB)

Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey has been involved in almost every aspect of the local sports scene for the last 40 years. He worked for WEBR Radio, the Buffalo Sabres' public relations department and The Buffalo News during that time. In that time he covered virtually every aspect of the area's sports world, from high schools to the Bills and Sabres and everything in between. Along the way, Budd served as a play-by-play announcer for the Bisons, an analyst for the Stallions, and a talk-show host. He won the National Lacrosse League's Tom Borrelli Award as the media personality of the year in 2011, and was a finalist for that same award in 2017. Budd's seventh and eighth books, one on the Transcontinental Railroad and the other about Ichiro Suzuki, are scheduled to be released in the fall.

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