Avs' Leopold feeling fine after return from groin injury

Updated: January 27, 2007, 4:44 PM ET
Associated Press

DENVER -- Avalanche defenseman Jordan Leopold had some of the standard aches and pains, but nothing out of the ordinary.

Jordan Leopold

Leopold felt fine Saturday morning at practice after playing 19 minutes, 55 seconds in a 5-4 shootout loss to Phoenix the night before.

It was Leopold's first game back since suffering a groin injury Dec. 11 against Carolina. Leopold also missed 25 games to start the season after hernia surgery.

"I feel really good," Leopold said shortly before leaving to board a plane for Detroit. The Avalanche play the Red Wings on Sunday afternoon.

Leopold cautioned not to read too much into just one game back from the groin injury.

"Ask me after 10 games," he said. "That's when I'll know. The last time I came back [from hernia surgery] I felt fine, too. But in the fifth game I had the groin injury. It was a fluke deal."

Leopold was activated before the game Friday night from injured reserve and scored a short-handed goal 5:20 into the first period. The goal was Leopold's first since March 26, 2006, against Dallas.

The 26-year-old was acquired from Calgary last June in exchange for Alex Tanguay.

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