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Ville Leino | Winger | #16

Team: Boston Bruins
Age / DOB:  (34) / 10/6/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 190
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Ville Leino has signed with the KHL's Dinamo Riga.
Leino had seven goals and 15 points in 28 KHL contests last season. He recorded 40 goals and 119 points in 286 career NHL games. Tue, Jul 21, 2015 01:05:00 PM

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Ville Leino has signed a contract with Medvescak Zagreb of the KHL.

Leino was bought out of his contract by the Buffalo Sabres during the off-season and then was released a couple of weeks ago by the Bruins who had him in camp on a professional tryout. There are a lot of former NHLers playing for Medvescak Zagreb including: Mark Popovic, Anthony Stewart and Aaron Polushaj so he should not take long to get used to the pace on the Zagreb side.
Sun, Oct 12, 2014 11:08:00 AM

Ville Leino has been released from his training camp tryout contract.

Leino wasn't able to score a single goal in 53 games with Buffalo in 2013-14. This has been quite a fall from grace for the forward that once commanded a six-year, $27 million contract.
Mon, Sep 29, 2014 12:00:00 PM

Ville Leino will play alongside David Krejci and Matt Fraser for Boston's scrimmage on Sunday.

David Pastrnak is being kept out of the game because of a shoulder injury, otherwise he probably would have played with Krejci. This is a great opportunity for Leino, who is attending the Bruins' camp on a tryout basis.
Sun, Sep 21, 2014 04:44:00 PM

Ville Leino will join the Boston Bruins' training camp on a tryout basis.

Leino had 53 points in 81 games in 2010-11, but he's declined sharply since. He had no goals and 15 assists in 58 contests last season. Still, given the Bruins' salary cap problems, he might be able to secure a spot as a depth forward if he's willing to agree an inexpensive contract.
Fri, Sep 5, 2014 12:28:00 PM

Free from the shackles of a disastrous tenure in Buffalo, Ville Leino's landing spot has yet to be determined through the first six weeks of free agency.

Leino would likely get a one year deal in the area of a $1-million cap hit if he doesn't bolt the NHL. After breaking out with 53 points in 81 games with the Flyers in 2010-11, Leino earned a big contract with the Sabres and completely flopped, managing just 46 points in 137 games over three horrible seasons. He was bought out in the off-season and could re-establish himself with low expectations on a low-risk deal if he rediscovers his touch.
Sat, Aug 16, 2014 12:55:00 PM

Ville Leino has successfully cleared unconditional waivers.

No surprise there. The Buffalo Sabres will buy out the final three seasons of Leino's three-year, $27 million contract. Leino's last two seasons have been disastrous as he's scored just two goals over that span, and because of that, we doubt he'll get anything more than a cheap, one-year deal.
Wed, Jun 18, 2014 12:20:00 PM

Ville Leino wasn't surprised to find out that the Buffalo Sabres will buy him out.

Markus Lehto, who is Ville Leino's agent, said that his client's priority is to remain in the NHL. "He knows he's a very good NHL player. Obviously, the past two seasons have been just average, I would say, but I'm not going to go and try and analyze what happened," Lehto said. If Lehto considers Leino's last two seasons an example of what "average" is, then we would hate to see bad. Leino has scored just two goals over the last two campaigns.
Tue, Jun 17, 2014 01:18:00 PM

The Buffalo Sabres have decided to buy out Ville Leino.

Leino needs to clear waivers first, which shouldn't be an obstacle given that he's a guy being paid like a top-six forward who has scored just two goals over the last two seasons. He has declined so much since he signed his six-year, $27 million contract with Buffalo that it's entirely possible that his next deal might not even be one-way.
Tue, Jun 17, 2014 12:22:00 PM

Ville Leino's agent, Markus Lehto, said he hasn't spoken much with the Buffalo Sabres since the end of the season.

"I have had few very short discussions about Leino with Tim Murray," said Lehto. Murray said that buying out Leino was a "very good possibility" back in April. It will cost the Sabres $7.333 million to buy out the remaining three seasons of his contract. Buffalo may decide to use a regular buyout on him to help them stay closer to the cap floor, but they could also use a compliance buyout when the window opens 48 hours after the Stanley Cup Final.
Thu, Jun 12, 2014 05:37:00 PM

There's a "very good possibility" that Ville Leino will get bought out, according to Sabres GM Tim Murray.

It would be shocking if Murray actually decided to keep Leino after making a statement like that. Leino inked a six-year, $27 million contract that runs through 2016-17. He had a disastrous campaign where he recorded just 15 points in 58 contests.
Tue, Apr 15, 2014 01:47:00 PM

Ville Leino scored the shootout winner in Tuesday's game against the New Jersey Devils.

He still has no regulation markers in 53 games this campaign, but he relished the opportunity to step up for his teammates and for the fans in attendance. "I miss a little bit of that feeling when you get that," Leino said. "Obviously, we haven't been in playoffs for a while or been winning that much, so it's tough. It's tough times, but those moments you get a little energy, extra effort to want to win it, put it in."
Wed, Apr 2, 2014 10:13:00 AM

Ville Leino should be ready to play Tuesday against New Jersey after missing Saturday's game with what is believed to be an ocular migraine.

"It's something to do with your eyes and you started seeing lights and shapes, and your eyes have a delay," Leino explained. "It took me a couple days. I couldn't really focus much because your eyes are delayed, so you talk to someone and you don't realize you're talking to him because your eyes fall away. This is the first time I ever had it. It's a weird feeling, but I'm feeling better now." Just an FYI as Leino shouldn't be on your fantasy roster. He has no goals and 12 assists in 52 games this season.
Tue, Apr 1, 2014 07:44:00 AM

Ville Leino's status for Saturday night's game against Tampa is still up in the air.

He left Thursday's game after just two shifts as he felt "lightheaded" and didn't practice Friday. Leino is still undergoing tests to determine why he felt the way he did. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Sat, Mar 29, 2014 09:16:00 AM

Ville Leino exited Thursday's game early after he felt lightheaded.

"Ville, he got a little lightheaded in the first period, so they took him out of precautionary reasons, did some testing on him," interim coach Ted Nolan said. "I'll have to talk to the medical guys to see what the exact problem was, but he just wasn't feeling very good." He played just two shifts for 58 seconds of ice time. The 2013-14 campaign is coming to an end and Leino is still looking for his first goal. He has 12 assists in 52 games.
Fri, Mar 28, 2014 08:08:00 AM

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