(HockeySTL)-- If Jordan Leopold didn’t have bad luck, he may not have any luck at all. Just weeks after the 33-year old defenseman returned from a serious hand injury, he is expected to miss more time with a different type of ailment.
According to Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post Dispatch, Leopold is considered week-to-week with a lower-body injury. The team is expected to re-evaluate Leopold’s injury after the Olympic break. An official announcement will likely come at that time.
Leopold was injured in last Saturday afternoon’s game against the Winnipeg Jets when he was checked into the end boards by Zach Bogosian. The contact with the boards wasn’t too different from the one made on a consistent basis when players are checked, but Leopold was in noticeable pain lying on the ice. The defenseman was able to get up under his own power, but the Blues announced later in the game that he would not return.
Following the game, head coach Ken Hitchcock announced that Leopold’s injury was a serious one, stating that he was not okay. The coach and the team waited until further evaluation was done on Leopold, refusing to make a prognosis.
The team still hasn’t officially announced a timetable for Leopold’s return and likely won’t until after the Olympic break.
Leopold has already missed 26 games due to injury this year. He was injured on Nov. 7, and was sidelined until Jan. 3 with a hand injury that required surgery to correct. Leopold only just removed the splint on his hand a few games ago. The defenseman snapped a 22-game goalless drought a couple of weeks ago, and has four points since his return to the lineup.
On the season, Leopold has one goal, six points in 24 games. He has been splitting time in the lineup with Ian Cole, but had played in the previous three games leading up to the Olympic pause.
Leopold’s injury, depending on the timetable, comes at a good time for both parties. The Blues don’t resume play until Feb. 26, which gives Leopold nearly three weeks to rehab. Initial reactions from Hitchcock indicated that the defenseman could miss significant time, but with three weeks of no activity he can focus solely on resting.
The defenseman hasn’t been placed on injured reserve because of the Olympic break. The decision regarding an IR placement will come following the post-break evaluation. If Leopold is forced to go on IR, the Blues will still have seven defensemen on roster. Cole, whose play has impressed Hitchcock of late, will likely get the majority of starts assuming Leopold misses time.