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Don’t expect injured Sabres forward Leino back ‘anytime soon’

Apr 3, 2013, 11:57 PM EDT

These are tough days for the Buffalo Sabres.

On Wednesday, the Sabres dealt their captain, Jason Pominville, to the Minnesota Wild. They also got more bad news with regard to another forward, Ville Leino.

The 29-year-old Leino has only played in eight games this season, scoring twice with six points. He hasn’t played since scoring twice against the Washington Capitals on March 30.

  1. trbowman - Apr 4, 2013 at 12:12 AM

    Commencing tank mode.

    Got our joy of the season ending the Pens streak, every game is now a must lose as far as I’m concerned.

    • thomasvanek - Apr 4, 2013 at 12:28 AM

      We will probably make a late surge and end up in 9th just like last year and ruin our pick

  2. trbowman - Apr 4, 2013 at 12:29 AM

    Allow me to wrap up today’s events with my own thoughts on the deadline’s winners/losers. I know, you’re simply on the edge of your seats waiting for my cutting edge analysis.

    Winners: Penguins – Obviously
    Rangers – Got a solid return for a guy who pretty clearly didn’t want to be there.
    Jackets – A player of note actually wants to go there. I’ve never been a big fan of Gaborik, but he can give them what they’ve been missing. Like the move. Gutsy.
    Wild – Combine a great prospect pool with the current talent they’ve added, and this franchise is set to compete for one helluva long time. Take notes, Calgary
    Sens – Got a pick and a good young player at a need position, and gave up someone who was totally expendable with their goaltender depth

    Honorable mention – Sabres – We decreased our chances of winning games massively!

    Losers: Canucks – Overplayed their hand with Luongo this summer, paid for it
    Flames – Agostino is an underrated prospect imo, but outside of that these moves were long overdue and the return wasn’t good. Also, they’re stuck with Kipper.
    Lightning – Stevie Y could’ve had Bishop last year before wasting those picks on Lindback. Add to that, why invest in Lindback if you’re going to toss the towel in so early? He’s still pretty green. I do like Bishop, but Stevie Y bungled this situation imo.
    Flyers – Steve freaking Mason is enough to put them on this list. Great way to make Sievegalov look good by contrast, I suppose. A team actually gave up something to acquire this bum? He had one fluke year and has been a disaster ever since. And if this guy couldn’t succeed in Columbus, imagine how he’ll fare in freaking Philly’s market! Disaster. My heart goes out to Flyer fans.

    Biggest loser: Capitals – By far. They gave up an elite prospect for 31 year old Marty Erat. If they were willing to fork over a guy at Forsberg’s level, they could’ve done a helluva lot better than that. Add to that, Erat’s rationale for requesting a trade out of Nashville is “they might have an issue making the playoffs” ? Great attitude there, with your team one point out. Also, the Caps are in the midst of fighting for a spot themselves. ALSO, why is Poile whining about Erat’s trade request? Does he not realize he totally just fleeced the Caps? He should be thankful. Terrible.

  3. trbowman - Apr 4, 2013 at 12:34 AM

    Triple post, but Raffi Torres is an underrated acquisition by the Sharks. When this guy isn’t acting like a total moron, he’s actually a very effective hockey player. Got that grit with some offensive ability as well. I liked it.

  4. thedavesiknowiknow - Apr 4, 2013 at 2:14 AM

    In a way, it’s too bad. Leino’s been okay since returning. There’s absolutely nothing he can do to be 4.5 million good, but he certainly has looked like a 4-9 forward lately.. Lindy Ruff 2 did bench him for losing his cool and taking a penalty (for actually showing emotion) against Florida, but I (personally) wrote off Rolston and every decision he’s made regarding personnel a few weeks after he became the interim. Still: not that I’m wishing for injuries- but anything that pushes them closer to the basement is a plus. So……this being what it is- maybe pink-eye could go through the locker-room? How ’bout the Hanta virus?

  5. buff80 - Apr 4, 2013 at 8:10 AM

    For the leino signing alone Regier should have been canned.

  6. withseidelinn - Apr 4, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    Leino is the #1 candidate for a buyout in the entire league IMO.

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