While most NHL deadline trades are facilitated by team's shedding salary or looking to add players for a late-season run, Jordan Leopold's move from the Blue Jackets to the Wild may have more to do family.
Eleven-year-old Jordyn Leopold misses her dad. NHL defenseman Jordan Leopold started the season with the Blues and was traded to the Blue Jackets in November. Jordyn and the rest of her family have been living in Minnesota, so she wrote a letter to the Wild asking them to trade for her dad.
Jordyn's mom said the letter wasn't sent to the team, but it still worked. Leopold, who played college hockey for the University of Minnesota, was sent back to his family on Monday when the Wild traded Justin Falk and a fifth-round pick for the veteran.
"The deal was done already when we saw it, almost simultaneously I guess, but that’s a touching letter," Columbus GM Jarmo Kekalainen said, according to the team's website. "He’s a great pro. We wanted to do the right thing with Jordan Leopold. That’s what we had talked about the whole time, we knew that his family was in Minnesota. There is a human side, believe it or not, to our business. I think that it’s great that he can go home, join his family. I see that letter and it’s really touching."
- This post was updated with clarification that the team didn't receive the letter.