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Sufferin’ Sabres say Leino out “weeks” with injury

Dec 14, 2011, 4:16 PM EST

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Another day, another Sabre on the shelf.

Buffalo head coach Lindy Ruff has informed reporters that forward Ville Leino will be out several weeks with a lower-body injury. What ails Leino remains unclear, though it’s believed he was hurt in last night’s 3-2 loss to Ottawa — the Finnish forward took just one shift in the final 9:25 of play, a 56-second turn that ended with just over a minute remaining.

(For what it’s worth, Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News suggests Leino could’ve suffered a knee or foot problem, possibly a broken bone in his foot.)

The loss is a big one for Buffalo, mostly because it adds another name to the walking wounded list. Tyler Myers, Brad Boyes, Nathan Gerbe, Jochen Hecht and Corey Tropp are already out injured while Patrick Kaleta — who practiced fully on Wednesday — is close to a return, but still not 100 percent.

The injury also comes at a time when Leino wasn’t playing like one of the worst free agent signings ever. He had five points in his last seven games — hardly the output expected after signing a six-year, $27-million deal, but an improvement nonetheless.

  1. davebabychreturns - Dec 14, 2011 at 5:21 PM

    I’m probably nitpicking but five points over seven games would be fantastic for the Sabres if Leino could keep it up (and stay in the lineup). That’s about 58 points over 82 games, which would have been good for 53rd in league scoring.

    Sadly for a UFA signing that’s not too shabby for $4.5m/year.

  2. andyreidisfat - Dec 14, 2011 at 5:41 PM

    Wow my man villy sucks. What an epic fail of a contract. Did the flyers get compensated for losing, even as a flyers fan I think that would be in fair lol.

    This is another reason why we do not give nobodies who have 1 good playoff run 6 year deals at good money.

  3. zonedogz - Dec 14, 2011 at 8:31 PM

    Leino plays for the Sabres? Since when? Sabretooth has done more for less!

  4. mojosmagic - Dec 14, 2011 at 8:43 PM

    What were the Sabres thinking when they signed this guy? His contract will be an albatross for 5 more years.

  5. wez99 - Dec 15, 2011 at 8:17 AM

    People are getting on leino way too much, he on a new team, and he started at center when he doesn’t play center often, when he was on the line with boyes and stafford they were creating great opportunities (yes they would of been better if they capitalized on them, but that’ll come), he was playing decent, lately he has been playing a lot better, have some patience, the whole team not playing good at all, and chemistry is huge in the NHL, and ruff has been juggling the lines like every game, we will find our groove and leino will continue to produce when he gets even more comfortable, patience people haha

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