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Ville Leino wonders: Why so serious?

Feb 8, 2012, 9:20 AM EDT

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Ville Leino is a guy that’s taken a lot of heat in Buffalo this year for not producing, but he’d like everyone to just have a laugh.

Leino tells John Vogl of the Buffalo News that a lot of the Sabres problems this year have come because they’ve been taking things too seriously.

Leino explains himself and wonders, “Why so serious?”

“Sometimes it seems like, especially around here, I’ve noticed it gets a little serious. You forget to have fun, and you forget all those things you play hockey for. You get a lot more out of yourself if you’re enjoying what you do.”

Leino wasn’t loving life so much for most of the season as he’s put up just four goals and nine assists after signing a monster contract with Buffalo over the summer. Things are getting a little better for Leino of late though as he’s got three points in his last five games. That might not sound like a lot, but when compared to what he’s done this year, that’s a virtual tear.

If the Sabres are going to make a run at the postseason, Leino not being serious might wind up being the best thing for Buffalo. That said, given how poorly Buffalo’s season has gone you have to wonder how well his thoughts are going to be received.

  1. wez99 - Feb 8, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    He is getting in his groove and understanding the system and his teammates a lot more, he will be alright

    • jpelle82 - Feb 8, 2012 at 10:30 AM

      it shouldnt take a professional 50+ games and an offseason to start “understanding the system and his teammates”….especially with the paycheck he is getting.

  2. obamablowz - Feb 8, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    it’s not Leino’s fault he is a 3rd line player at best, filled a perfect role in Philadelphia with good talent around him and Buffalo (who should be moved to another city) paid him like he is a star. Way to take the money and run making Holmgren look good once again.

  3. rabidbillsfan - Feb 8, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    Yes Obamablowz, and you are on the reciving end. Anyway, Rag on Leino all you want, and I do plenty, but take a look at what lines he has played on this season. He has played with every single player on the roster, including AHL call-ups, atleast once. He had an offseason learning his role as a number 2/3 center, playing with wingers who are 2/3 guys. Should he have some blame? Yes, but to completly blame it all on his skill is a bit much.

    • jpelle82 - Feb 8, 2012 at 12:07 PM

      i agree he isnt a bad player with no skills but his history as a short term guy should have earned him some adaptive skills by now. this is his third team and he hasnt played for one club more than 2 years, he should be used to change by now. buffalo was definitely dumb for paying him like they did for only one good season’s worth of work but he has been a decent utility guy/role player in the past and he should be doing more than he is no matter who he is playing with.

  4. wez99 - Feb 8, 2012 at 12:23 PM

    Like it was said, he was being used as a center in the offseason and beginning of the season, if you watch him now, he seems more confident with his game then he ever did in the season, he deff a 2nd liner and will be a great player for years, and the whole team besides vanek and pomonville are having a bad year, everyone needs to relax and stop calling for people’s heads

  5. buffalomafia - Feb 8, 2012 at 1:54 PM

    Another Pegula bust! When you put together a championship team spend money on top talent not has been talent!

  6. jagrbomb18 - Feb 8, 2012 at 7:47 PM

    Ahahahahah what a joke…does Leino still skate the puck in and then do a huge circle with it until he turns it over?

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