Very good Journeyman PMD. He is excellent with the puck in the offensive zone and in his transition game through the Nuetral Zone.
As with all PMD's his defensive game suffers some, but with a solid shutdown d man, he is well worth the 3 million the season.
I think people are overreacting. Badly. Leopold at the least is at the same general level as Lydman and Tallinder. We're still worse as of now today than we were yesterday because we lost both and only replaced one (meaning the onus is on Sekera/Butler to step up and both earn the 3/4 slots that are open) - but it's not because of Leopold.
Of course, I was wrong about Leopold coming into camp as the #2 guy paired with Myers....but in all fairness we hadn't yet signed the guy who did end up entering camp as the #2 (Morrisson)
I have always liked Leopold since I saw him play for The flames in O3-04. And when the sabres got him I was pretty happy with the signing, and still am. I would love to see a thread of all the Lydman haters a few weeks before he went to The ducks.
Yes, he's softer than either Dirk or Loods. However, he's MUCH better than them offensively and plays a sound positional game. Also been a minutes eater the last few years, playing 20-25 min in Florida per game.
Is he a top 4 guy? Probably not on a good team or a team deep on D. Sabres aren't real deep on D, so I think there's a CHANCE he gets on the 2nd pairing. Not a great signing, not a lousy one. Pretty much strikes me as a typical Darcy move on a typical Sabres defenseman.
However, for the love of all that is holy --- keep him away from Montador. Don't need 2 guys pinching all the time.
Ooooooooooooooops. Leo/Monty have been our best pair all year.
Otherwise, he's been pretty much what I expected.......