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Sabres Are Not Getting What They Paid For With Ville Leino

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

You watch Ville Leino play and too often nothing happens. It’s like that night after night. It’s obviously too much money to pay for a whole lot of nothing. It’s really almost hard to believe.

Is Leino the worst free agent signing in Buffalo sports history? He’s easily the Sabres’ version of Derrick Dockery, the big lineman who ended up making about $19 million from the Bills before they released him in 2009 after just two years of the seven-year, $49 million colossus he signed in 2007.

The six-year, $27-million contract Leino signed on July 1, 2011 is a cautionary tale for the Sabres and, frankly, for all NHL teams. He essentially hit the big payday because of one decent season, one strong playoff run and one key overtime goal.


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w2j2's avatar

Ken Holland certainly made the correct decision in not overpaying this guy and letting him go in free agency.

Posted by w2j2 on 01/22/14 at 01:03 PM ET


He traded Leino away for…a 7th rounder?

It was Philly that let him go in free agency.

Brunner is the guy that Holland was correct not to overpay and let him go in free agency.

Posted by Garth on 01/22/14 at 01:15 PM ET


I remember when Leino signed this deal. I thought it was hysterically awful.

Posted by VitoLambruski on 01/22/14 at 03:23 PM ET

DrewBehr's avatar

Has any team ever gotten what they paid for with Ville Leino?

The Sabres signed him in a panic, same way the Wings signed Tootoo and Samuelsson. Tried to make a splash for the sake of making a splash. Granted, we didn’t sign either for 6 years…

Posted by DrewBehr from The Mitten on 01/22/14 at 04:08 PM ET

Alan's avatar

I am Jack’s complete lack of surprise.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 01/22/14 at 04:23 PM ET

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