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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.
And of course, the fight starts when Marcus Foligno goes after Wilson.
13:49 Buffalo Marcus Foligno: 2 minutes, instigator
13:49 Buffalo Marcus Foligno: 5 minutes, fighting
13:49 Washington Tom Wilson: 5 minutes, fighting
13:49 Buffalo Marcus Foligno: 10 minutes, misconduct
from Chris Stevenson of the Ottawa Sun,
Ville Leino has not had a good season with the Buffalo Sabres after signing a six-year, $27 million free-agent deal in the summer. He’s not doing himself any favours by saying he didn’t really try a lot earlier this year. “There’s so many games during the regular season that it’s sometimes tough to get excited. You’re obviously playing for a win, but now you’re playing for the big things, especially now that we need to win games. It’s our playoffs now, so everything counts: every shift, every stride, every pass, every shot. It’s exciting. You’re really playing for something, which doesn’t happen in Game 22 or 42 or whatever. But it’s exciting and I’m having a lot of fun out there. It’s a different vibe.” A lot of Sabres fans, I’m sure, would like to show him where to put his vibe.
more hockey discussion…
from Mike Harrington of Sabres Edge,
Ville Leino is out several weeks with a lower body injury suffered last night against Ottawa. Leino played 14:49 in the game but took only one shift in the final 9:25 of play, a 56-second run that ended with 1:01 left.
So it’s pretty clear he had some sort of knee or foot problem he was dealing with. (Just guessing here but players often skate with a broken bone in their foot that’s set in their boot until they take the skate off and the injury is discovered).
Leino has three goals and seven assists thus far, a huge disappointment after signing his six-year, $27 million contract that currently ranks as one of the NHL’s biggest boondoggles of last summer.
more on the Sabres…
Shanahan has the explanation.
Philadelphia’s Matt Read was the recepient of Leino’s elbow.
No call on the play.
from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,
For the past week, he has been trying to become familiar with his new teammates and surroundings. Heck, he didn’t personally meet Darcy Regier until he showed up for physicals Friday. He’s living in a town house downtown. He’s using his free time to find his way beyond the Hyatt Regency and the Chop House.
“People like it here,” Leino said. “It’s kind of underground when you come as a visiting team. One restaurant, you’re staying in a hotel and it’s usually the middle of winter and it’s snowing. It’s the worst view of Buffalo that you could possibly get. But since, I’ve talked to the players. I’m seeing what’s out there.”
Leino isn’t here on vacation, of course. The Sabres signed him—and perhaps overpaid for him—because they believed he can help them win a Stanley Cup. He took the ice with his new teammates about 7:30 a.m. Saturday for the start of training camp and played center between Tyler Ennis and Drew Stafford.
Back to Philadelphia for game 7.
from Chuck Gormley of the Courier Post,
At $800,000, Leino, 27, is an absolute steal. Through 17 games he leads the Flyers in assists with 12 and is tied for third on the club in points with 15. Entering tonight’s game against the visiting Ottawa Senators, Leino is on pace for 14 goals and 58 assists for 72 points and a plus-43 rating.
By comparison, Carter is on pace for 39 goals and 33 assists for 72 points and a plus-14 rating….
“I’ve had some conversations with Ville’s agent (Bill Zito),” Holmgren said. “Obviously, he’s a guy we want to keep in the organization and we’ll do what we can. If he keeps getting a couple points a game it gets harder and harder. Maybe we’ll sit him out. I think Ville likes it here. He’s found a niche on our team, so hopefully we can get something done.”
If Leino agrees to an extension in the $2 million range, the Flyers will have 19 players under contract for next season and will be forced to shed salary in the summer.
from Anthony J. SanFilippo of the Daily Times,
For Ville Leino, earning the trust of coaches in the NHL was a lengthy process.
He never had it in Detroit. He didn’t get it right away in Philadelphia after the Flyers acquired him prior to the Olympic break last season in exchange for Ole-Kristian Tollefsen.
And if it wasn’t for twin foot injuries to Simon Gagne and Jeff Carter early in last season’s playoffs, there’s a good chance Leino still might not have been noticed.
For 19 games last spring, Leino did just that. Partnered with Danny Briere and Scott Hartnell to complete the most dynamic line in the playoffs, Leino finished with 21 points in the postseason, an NHL record for rookies. Considering he had a hard time even getting on the ice for the Flyers prior to the postseason, that’s a pretty remarkable figure.
Now, Leino is set to be a fixture on a deep Flyers team with plans of going one step further than it did last season. He will start the season with Hartnell and Briere on what amounts to the Flyers’ second line, and he is being counted on to provide a good chunk of offense for the first time since his days playing in the Finnish Elite League.
Brian Campbell catches Ville Leino with his head down.
Leino went to the dressing room and missed a few shifts before returning to action.
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from Cam Cole of the Vancouver Sun,
The smartest team in hockey wasn’t smart enough, this time around, to beat the salary cap.
And the fallout, for the Detroit Red Wings, was most likely what killed their 2009-10 season. Mikael Samuelsson escaped to Vancouver, where he scored 30 goals and eight more in the playoffs. Marian Hossa and his under-appreciated 200-foot game left for Chicago. Waterbug Jiri Hudler bolted to Moscow Dynamo of the KHL . . . and then, there’s the pair of Detroit bit players who have figured prominently in the boxscores of two of the three games in this Stanley Cup final.
How much better, and deeper, would the Wings have been had they not lost Game 1 hero Tomas Kopecky to Chicago through free agency, or traded Ville Leino, whose third-period goal forced ovetime in Game 3, to Philadelphia in February for the proverbial bag of pucks?
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
There always has been this connection between the now budding and surprising stars, Antti Niemi and Ville Leino, but it wasn’t supposed to be about playing for championships.
They were just hoping to get an opportunity to play.
Leino was confident enough in his own abilities to figure he was going to make something of himself with the Detroit Red Wings. But he’ll be honest and tell you: “I wasn’t sure about Antti. I thought he was pretty good, but it’s a lot harder for goalies. There’s only so many jobs.”
Turns out he was wrong and he was wrong.
Leino didn’t factor much with the Red Wings, who tried to turn him into something he wasn’t and Niemi is a very good reason why the Chicago Blackhawks are this close to their first Stanley Cup in 49 years.
from Rich Hofmann of the Philadelphia Daily News,
Playing on a line with Danny Briere and Hartnell, Leino has 11 points in 10 playoff games and continues to impress with his poise and his speed. He and Briere together are a truly dynamic combination.
And nobody saw it coming. Repeat, underlined: nobody.
“It was an awful regular season,” Leino said. “It was a really, really tough stretch there. I don’t know if you sometimes have to go to the bottom to get back on top. Mentally, it was tough. Hopefully, I got stronger from that.”
In February, when the deal was made, it was viewed as a nothing kind of transaction, just a little roster churning by general manager Paul Holmgren. What they knew all along was that Leino needed to play with skilled players to show his skill, that he really didn’t have a checking-line function. And it was hard for coach Peter Laviolette to find a place for him - that much was obvious.
“I think Detroit had some cap issues,” Holmgren said. “When I talked to [Red Wings GM] Kenny Holland, I don’t think he wanted to trade him. He liked him, and I know the coach [Mike Babcock] really liked him. But they got themselves into a bind and they were going to lose him on waivers. I think somebody would have claimed him if they went that route. We were able to make a trade.
First the goal…
Anderrson talks about the goal…
via Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
The Detroit Red Wings have re-signed forward Ville Leino to a two-year contract, a source said on Monday.
The deal is worth $1.6 million, the source said.
From Doug Harrison at CBC:
At the start of this year’s Stanley Cup playoffs, NHL fans in Detroit and Pittsburgh probably could have predicted with confidence that Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin would be at, or near, the top of the scoring race and Nicklas Lidstrom would lead all defencemen in points.
Further from the thoughts of the most ardent fans were the names of Detroit rookie forwards Justin Abdelkader and Ville Leino, along with Pittsburgh defenceman Mark Eaton and forward Craig Adams.
But each contributed on the scoresheet, on special teams, in the faceoff circle or simply with their presence to help the Red Wings and Penguins advance to the NHL championship final for the second consecutive season.
Ville Leino of the Detroit Red Wings with his first NHL goal today in a 4-2 loss against the Capitals.
via the Grand Rapids Press,
Grand Rapids Griffins forwards Ville Leino and Aaron Downey were recalled by the parent club Detroit Red Wings on Thursday morning.
The Red Wings were able to create salary cap space by placing defenseman Brad Stuart (ribs) on long-term injured reserve.
Johan Franzen of the Detroit Red Wings is expected to miss three to four weeks with a knee sprain.
added 2:47pm, from Red Wings Corner,
With Franzen out for a month, the Red Wings bolstered their forward corps by calling up Ville Leino from Grand Rapids. Leino was impressive in the preseason. Signed as a free agent this summer, Leino was the Finnish elite league’s player of the year. Very skilled. Puck follows him around the ice.
added 8:36pm, Guess Leino is still in Grand Rapids...