ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Blues are on the cusp of falling below the Stanley Cup Playoff cutoff line in the Western Conference, and with the NHL trade deadline four days away, general manager Doug Armstrong isn't waiting around for asking prices to escalate.
The Blues on Saturday acquired defenseman Jordan Leopold from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for a second-round and a conditional fifth-round pick in the 2013 NHL Draft that can become a fourth-round pick if the Blues win one playoff round.
Leopold, 32, has eight points (two goals) and is a minus-6 in 24 games for the Sabres this season. The Blues will be his sixth team in a career that began in 2002-03.
With Douglas Murray traded from the San Jose Sharks to Pittsburgh Penguins for a pair of draft picks earlier in the week, Armstrong said he felt the barometer was set and he was ready to strengthen the left side of his defensive unit as a result.