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Sabres bring in Leino for six years, $27 million

Posted on: July 1, 2011 4:28 pm
Edited on: July 1, 2011 4:53 pm
 

The Buffalo Sabres have added one of the top available wings on the market, signing former Flyer Ville Leino.

The contract calls for Leino to receive $27 million over six seasons, an average of $4.5 million per season.

The Flyers wanted to keep the 27-year-old Leino but couldn't reach a deal before Friday. He scored 19 goals last season with 34 assists in Philadelphia.

The Sabres are clearly showing they are going to be a team that spends under new owner Terry Pegula, a Sabres fan who also happens to be a billionaire. On Thursday they signed defenseman Christian Ehrhoff to a 10-year, $40 million contract. By adding Leino they get a versatile forward who can help them add some scoring on the outside.

By Brian Stubits

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Since: Oct 8, 2010
Posted on: July 1, 2011 6:08 pm
 

Sabres bring in Leino for six years, $27 million

Holy mackerel. After his hestitant and unimpressive stint w/ the Wings, I was beyond surprised when Leino clicked with the Flyers. But to go from a disappointment to a $27 mil contract after little more than one decent season w/ Flyers is astounding. Money really must grow on trees.




Since: Feb 7, 2008
Posted on: July 1, 2011 6:00 pm
 

Sabres bring in Leino for six years, $27 million

I could be wrong because I honestly haven't payed enough attention to him to get a get a good feel for his game, but when someone spends a whopping 44 seconds on penalty killing duties over 80 games, to me that has "one-way player" written all over it... not "complete game." 

I don't like this deal.  Not only because I think the price was too high, but I just don't think the team addressed a real need in acquiring him.  Unless he has exceptional versatility and can play as a second line center (or maybe that's actually why they got Brad Boyes last season?), it seems that Darcy Regeir is going back on his statement that (to paraphase) the team would not spend to the cap simply because it's now an option.



Since: Jan 16, 2009
Posted on: July 1, 2011 5:48 pm
 

Sabres bring in Leino for six years, $27 million

miami that team sucks detroits reign of fire is over bers are now the new team to beat just a little insight people go to vegas now put ur wager down on BUFFALO to win our first STANLEY THE CUP  will be in buffalo next summer if ya'll want to see it.....


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Since: Jan 1, 2009
Posted on: July 1, 2011 5:32 pm
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Since: Apr 10, 2008
Posted on: July 1, 2011 5:15 pm
 

Sabres bring in Leino for six years, $27 million

Leino couldn't crack Detroit's lineup ... barely played on the 4th line.

What does this say about the Sabres ....?



Since: Feb 10, 2007
Posted on: July 1, 2011 5:15 pm
 

Sabres bring in Leino for six years, $27 million

So what's that THREE Flyer players in their PRIMES lost now with Leino added to the list.   May be a bit of an overpayment here ... but that's the going rate I guess for a guy who is 27 and has a complete game.   What this tells me is that the Bruins will be paying Brad Marchand around $3.5 - $4 mill per season as the mark for young forwards has now been defined.  



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: July 1, 2011 4:31 pm
 

Sabres bring in Leino for six years, $27 million

WOW... I know the Sabres have to overpay, it's the only way they'll can get these guys right now but c'mon.... a 4.6 million dollar cap hit for Leino?  That's another guy I wouldn't have minded the Wings going after but no way in hell Holland would pay that kind of money..... crazy deal in my opinion.. insane in some ways.


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