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Ville Leino | Winger

Team: Boston Bruins
Age / DOB:  (30) / 10/6/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 190
Contract: view contract details

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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. Sep 21 - 4:44 PM

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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.
Sep 5 - 12:28 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.
Aug 16 - 12:55 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.
Jun 18 - 12:20 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.
Jun 17 - 1:18 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.
Jun 17 - 12:22 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.
Jun 12 - 5:37 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.
Apr 15 - 1:47 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."
Apr 2 - 10:13 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.
Apr 1 - 7:44 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.
Mar 29 - 9:16 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.
Mar 28 - 8:08 AM

Ville Leino will play on Tuesday after spending two games in the press box.

The season's almost over and Leino still hasn't scored a goal. It wouldn't be surprising if the Sabres use a compliance buyout on Leino over the summer. He comes with a $4.5 million cap hit through 2016-17.
Mar 25 - 1:20 PM

Ville Leino was a healthy scratch on Thursday night.

He has scored a goal since March 30, 2013 and he's produced just 12 assists in 50 games this season. Interim coach Ted Nolan benched Leino for the third period in Tuesday's loss to Calgary. "He has to be better," Nolan said. "Going forward here, we have to make sure the people in the lineup are giving what they can give. If they don't give what they can give, we'll make changes."
Mar 21 - 7:50 AM

Ville Leino will play on the Sabres' top line Wednesday.

Tyler Ennis is sidelined due to an undisclosed injury, so Buffalo had to make some adjustments. Leino will play alongside Matt Moulson and Drew Stafford.
Feb 26 - 3:15 PM

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