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Blue Jackets trade defenseman Leopold to Wild @NHLdotcom

The Minnesota Wild acquired defenseman Jordan Leopold on Monday from the Columbus Blue Jackets for defenseman Justin Falk and a fifth-round pick.

Leopold has one goal and two assists in 25 games this season for the St. Louis Blues and Blue Jackets. Born in Golden Valley, Minn., he won the Hobey Baker Award in 2002 as the nation's top collegiate player while attending the University of Minnesota.

A second-round pick (No. 44) of the Anaheim Ducks in the 1999 NHL Draft, he has 67 goals and 213 points in 677 regular-season games for the Calgary Flames, Colorado Avalanche, Florida Panthers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Buffalo Sabres, Blues and Blue Jackets. He went to the Stanley Cup Final with the Flames in 2004 and has 17 assists in 71 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

Falk is scoreless in 13 games for the Wild this season. A fourth-round pick (No. 110) by Minnesota in 2007, he has one goal and 17 points in 142 games with the Wild and New York Rangers.

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