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8/1/2006 6:32:33 PM

DENVER (Ticker) - Jordan Leopold apparently will miss the beginning of the season with his new team.

The Colorado Avalanche announced that the defenseman underwent successful surgery to repair a hernia Tuesday afternoon and will miss up to three months.

"After further medical testing and evaluation, it was determined that rehabilitation alone wouldn't correct the problem," Avalanche trainer Matt Sokolowski said. "We expect him to be back to full speed in 10-12 weeks."

The Avalanche, who open their season against the Dallas Stars on October 4, acquired Leopold, 25, and two draft picks from the Calgary Flames on June 24 for left wing Alex Tanguay.

Leopold had two goals and 18 assists with 68 penalty minutes in 74 games with the Flames this past season, his third in the league. The Minnesota native represented the United States in the Winter Olympics in Torino this past February and also played for his country at the World Championship in 2002, 2003 and 2005.

A second-round pick of Anaheim in 1999, Leopold won the Hobey Baker Award as the nation's top college player while with the University of Minnesota in 2001-02.
 

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Sherek X said:
Thet where sooooooo riped off....lol
That's what I was thinking. Not worth it.

Hopefully he's okay though.
 
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