Just got off the phone a bit ago with newly signed Jordan Leopold, and here's the conversation:
"I’m excited. Right when I found out Buffalo was interested, I talked to Tommy Vanek, gave him a call, and my wife talked to his wife, we talked about the area. I’ve got three kids, and it’s one of those spots I really don’t know much about, but he filled me in and I was real excited and intrigued after that. I’m looking for a spot that’s good for the family, and my kids have fun while we go out and strive for goals.
"I think you look at it, they’re a playoff team every year. Goaltending-wise, they’ve got one of the best goaltenders in the league. Defense, the young defenseman Myers there, he’s an up-and-coming attraction and definitely a top player in the league already at a young age. I can hopefully complement him a little bit. We’ve got some good-scoring forwards. I think it was the whole package for myself, my family, hockey – for what I was looking for, Buffalo was a good spot for me."
On his power-play status, which didn't come into play in Florida or Pittsburgh last season: "I was more of a secondary guy in both spots. I didn’t see a lot of first power-play time, but who knows? All those things are earned through training camp and through the year. Who knows where they see me on that, but if called upon I definitely feel I can contribute somewhat."
On anything else Vanek told him: "He told me the wings are really good there."
On going from Florida to Pittsburgh and Buffalo: "It’s important to play in a market that sees hockey as a No. 1 game. ... To be in a market where people see hockey as a headliner is nice. It is refreshing, and I think my kids enjoy it more than anything."