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Leino to be healthy scratch, is totally going to get bought out

Dec 10, 2013, 12:11 PM EDT

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Ville Leino‘s journey to the land of the compliance buyouts took another step forward today, as Sabres head coach Ted Nolan has decided to make the underperforming 30-year-old a healthy scratch for tonight’s home game versus Ottawa.

“Sometimes it’s better to sit back and look and observe,” said Nolan, who also reportedly took issue with Leino’s effort (or lack thereof) during yesterday’s practice.

Leino — who has no goals and five assists in 18 games this season — is signed through 2016-17 with a cap hit of $4.5 million. A compliance buyout in June would cost the Sabres just over $7 million spread over six years, but there would be no cap hit.

The Sabres have yet to use one of their two compliance buyouts.

Forward Drew Stafford is another candidate for a compliance buyout in Buffalo.

  1. travishenryskid - Dec 10, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    The question becomes, how do you get to the cap floor if you buy him out? Take Leino and Miller off the books, there isn’t much left. Amazing how quickly this team went from having the highest payroll to being completely stripped down.

  2. penvik - Dec 10, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    Buffalo is doing it right.
    Start fresh, rebuild with rookies….CHECK
    Fleece the islanders……..CHECK
    Get to the salary floor using FA…….CHECK

  3. thedavesiknowiknow - Dec 10, 2013 at 5:22 PM

    The Sabres might need Leino just to get to the floor next year if the cap is really going to be 70+.

  4. rabidbillsfan - Dec 10, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    Doubt Staff gets a buyout. He has looked better under Nolan, and could garner some interest around the deadline if he keeps it up, and if not, could be headed for another “prove it” season if he at least continues to help this team and not hurt it. Again, cap floor could be an issue if you buy them both out and Trade Miller or let him walk. However, a solid and efficient spend spree in FA could be the answer to all of the problems. Retain Miller, grab some scoring depth with a Veteran D-man, and with the youth that has been compiled, this could be an exciting team next season. Or, sit it out one more season and go ground up to establish a solid core, I’m fine with either, but it starts behind the bench. The talent is here now for this team to be competitive (not cup competitive that is), but the lack of coaching before Nolan has really taken a toll. This isn’t a time to be taking risks anymore, smart decisions will turn this team around. I just hope everybody upstairs has learned from the most recent collapse.

  5. mjw9326mjw9326 - Dec 11, 2013 at 8:07 AM

    They have Ott to sign for starters and Moulston as well, plus any RFA. Also, if they can actually get anyone DUMB enough to sign with them.
    If I were them, I would write the check and go from there. And remember, the still have top notch quality forwards like Jonathan Scott.(This is where you break out laughing hysterically)

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