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Leopold ready to return

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:16 AM ET

The Calgary Flames' walking-wounded list is down to one.

Defenceman Jordan Leopold has been medically cleared from the concussion he suffered just before the World Cup of Hockey in mid-September and returned to his home in Minnesota on the weekend.

That leaves centre Matthew Lombardi as the lone Flames player still receiving a NHL salary.

Leopold plans to work himself back into playing shape and said earlier this month he hoped to skate with his old friends at the University of Minnesota.

However, plans to play in Europe or anywhere else aren't on his agenda yet.

"We haven't really discussed it yet,"said his agent, Neil Sheehy. "In December or January, if the season is cancelled, we'll look at something."

Leopold had been collecting his salary of $950,000 US, although it was covered by an insurance policy paid for by World Cup organizers.

Lombardi, also recovering from a concussion, continues to skate his way back to health. He is pegged to play for the AHL Lowell Lock Monsters when he is fit.

Goaltender Ed Belfour also has been cleared medically from the injured list by the Toronto Maple Leafs after rehabilitating his surgically-repaired back the past three months and will no longer be paid any more of his $6-million US salary he was due this season.


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