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Ville Leino returns to action while Derek Roy is hurting

Jan 7, 2012, 2:37 PM EDT

Ville Leino AP

Things just aren’t ever easy in Buffalo this season.

Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News reports that the Sabres are set to see Ville Leino return to action tonight but he’ll be coming back in time to replace Derek Roy. Roy was injured in Buffalo’s last game against Carolina and Sabres coach Lindy Ruff isn’t feeling too good about things.

“Right now initially, they don’t feel it’s too bad,” Ruff said. “But it’s going to be more than days.”

The downside of this development is that Leino has been miserable this season with just 10 points in 29 games. Roy has been a bit better with 24 points this season in 40 games. Those numbers still aren’t great but the Sabres would prefer not to lose anyone at all.

Considering that Jason Pominville and Thomas Vanek have done all the heavy lifting offensively for the Sabres this season, now would be a good time for Leino to finally emerge as the scorer Buffalo thought he would be.

  1. gnrfan8804 - Jan 7, 2012 at 2:51 PM

    im actually ok with this injury. last year, roughly the same time, roy got hurt and the team got better, went on a run, got onto the playoffs. can it happen again? maybe…..the team MUCH better when roy is out. think he might be a problem in the locker room…..

  2. travishenryskid - Jan 7, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    Swap one overpaid underachiever for another

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