The guy's invisible. Not ineffective, just invisible. You don't notice him until he makes a rush into the offensive zone or a sweet pass out of his own end. Nothing wrong with that, of course, but there's simply no flash or flair. Goes about his work, is well liked in the room, and consistently described as a consummate pro. He'll make a terrific addition to the Pens.
“Jordan Leopold played against Alex Ovechkin every shift last time Florida played Washington,” head coach Dan Bylsma noted. “When his coaches decided who plays against the other team's top line, it was Jordan. That may not be the case for us. ... I think we're getting a guy that will help us defend against the other teams' good players. He's proven that and has been counted on to be that for his team this year."
"This is a guy that's played against good players, whether it's Ovechkin or other guys,” Shero said. “That's what he's done. When you're playing 22 minutes a game, as he was in Florida, you're going to get those assignments. They've got a few other guys that did that. Leopold was one of the guys
But, still, this is an impressive move on a couple of fronts.
The Pens are averaging 3.03 goals scored per game, ranked 5th in the league.
That's a beautiful place to be.
But the Pens are giving up 2.87 goals per game, which is 9th WORST in the league.
The only teams below them in G.A.A. are Dallas, Anaheim, Islanders, Columbus, Carolina, Atlanta, Toronto, and Edmonton -- not exactly powerhouses of the league.
Potentionally life altering road trip from 11th through the 18th
God help us all.
Trading deadline in like eight minutes.
"I didn't see it go in the net. I just heard everyone scream," said Crosby.
"I saw [Iginla] get a step on the guy and steal his puck. I just tried to let him know where I was and throw it at the net. He had his back turned towards me. I didn't think he'd know I was there. I just threw it at the net. I wasn't really aiming for anything."
Enjoy this game, because as of 11:59 tonight, the NHL roster freeze is over and the madness really begins.