Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Jordan Leopold Jersey Card

Jordan Leopold is at home and currently unsigned by any NHL team following last year's heartwarming tale about his daughter writing the Minnesota Wild to acquire him so he could be close to home, which they did.

One team who could use his dependable if slower-than-they-used-to-be defensive-zone skills is the Calgary Flames, whom he played for in two separate stints already (2002-06 and the tail end of the 2008-09 campaign). He looks good in their uniform, too:
That's card #FI-JL of Upper Deck's 2005-06 Ice collection (and Fresh Ice sub-set), which features a game-worn red jersey swatch incorporated into a see-through thick plastic card.

The 44th pick of the 1999 draft and Team USA alumnus is a veteran of 695 regular-season NHL games (with 67 goals, 147 assists and 214 points to show for it), and 80 more in the playoffs (with 17 postseason assists), including the Flames' spectacular Stanley Cup Final run of 2003-04 where they led by a goal in the third period of Game 6, blew that lead, and eventually lost Game 7 to the Tampa Bay Lightning in a thrilling series.

Perhaps if he doesn't sign anywhere and calls it a career, he could pull a page from the Robyn Regehr book of beautiful endings and retire as a Flame.

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