ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Each of the Minnesota Wild’s NHL Trade Deadline acquisitions will debut Tuesday when the Wild host the Ottawa Senators at Xcel Energy Center.
Minnesota traded Justin Falk and a fifth-round pick to the Columbus Blue Jackets for defenseman Jordan Leopold, then moved a second-round pick in 2017 to the Buffalo Sabres for forward Chris Stewart.
Leopold, a native of Golden Valley, Minn., was expected to be a depth defenseman down the stretch, but with injuries to Marco Scandella and Jared Spurgeon, will get a chance to play.
“He wants to come here, he wants to contribute, and he really wants to become part of this group. That’s what you want,” Wild coach Mike Yeo said. “You want people to come here and get invested into the group and really want to play for something bigger than just money or a new contract. For him, I know that absolutely 100 percent he’s playing something bigger.”