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Leino eyeing season debut on Sunday

Mar 6, 2013, 5:16 PM EDT

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Remember Ville Leino? Used to play for the Flyers? Then signed that big contract with the Sabres? Then struggled?

It may be a while since you last thought of Leino, because it’s been a while since April 7, 2012, which is the last time he played an NHL game.

But according to the Buffalo News, the 29-year-old forward says he’s targeting Sunday in Philadelphia as a possible return date from a hip injury.

Once Leino does get back to action, he’ll hope to dramatically improve his performance from last season, when he scored just eight goals in 71 games.

Leino’s six-year, $27 million contract runs through 2016-17.

  1. mbellamy09 - Mar 6, 2013 at 5:33 PM

    what a dumb signing. the guy didn’t try in detroit and then had one good playoffs. one of many bad signings by buffalo

  2. thedavesiknowiknow - Mar 6, 2013 at 5:54 PM

    Who dat?

  3. officialgame - Mar 6, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    How stupid was Buffalo for signing this guy.

  4. 8man - Mar 6, 2013 at 8:01 PM

    Given what happened last night to Staal of the Rangers, is “eyeing” the right term? How about “targeting”. A little compassion please. And then full cage helmets for everyone!

    • zetaone - Mar 6, 2013 at 8:39 PM


  5. buff80 - Mar 7, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    Bum. He can’t help this sinking “franchise”.

  6. withseidelinn - Mar 7, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    Well that will have absolutely no effect on the Sabres.

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