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Sabres will be ‘very, very cautious’ with injured Leino

Mar 29, 2014, 2:27 PM EST

NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 27: Ville Leino #23 of the Buffalo Sabres skates against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena on March 27, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images) Getty Images

Ville Leino was only on the ice for one shift on Thursday before being shut down with lightheaded symptoms. He’s still not feeling well and was sent to be evaluated by doctors today.

The question now is if he has a concussion.

“He never got hit though,” interim coach Ted Nolan pointed out, per the Buffalo News. “He just felt it before the game. He had one shift. He went out felt a little woozy. He felt a little dizzy and it wasn’t, don’t quote me 100 percent but I don’t think he got hit. He was just out one shift and came back.

“When you’re talking about the head, it’s not like the elbow or knee or something, but your head so we have to be very, very cautious.”

Leino has played in 52 games this season and hasn’t scored a single goal. He comes with a $4.5 million cap hit through 2016-17, but the Sabres haven’t used either of their compliance buyouts.

The wrinkle is that a player can’t be bought out if he’s injured and this is the last summer that teams can take advantage of the compliance buyouts given to them as part of the new CBA. Those buyouts are different from the ordinary variety because they completely remove a player’s cap hit from the team’s books.

Meanwhile, the Sabres will play against Tampa Bay tonight. Buffalo is on pace to finish the 2013-14 campaign with the worst record in the NHL.

  1. djshnooks - Mar 29, 2014 at 3:00 PM

    This bum can’t be brought out soon enough.

  2. thomasvanek - Mar 29, 2014 at 3:08 PM

    Didn’t he get injured at the end of last year too? I’m starting to get suspicious as to whether or not he is faking it as to not get bought out.

  3. 13datsyuk13 - Mar 29, 2014 at 3:16 PM

    In regards to buyouts, if a team signed someone last offseason can that player be bought out or does the contact need to have been signed previous to 2013-14 season? Looking at you Stephen Weiss.

    • rbbbaron - Mar 29, 2014 at 4:08 PM

      Compliance buyouts can only be used for contracts that were formed before the current CBA came into being. So Weiss isn’t going anywhere (you can thank Ken Holland for that)

  4. stcrowe - Mar 29, 2014 at 3:44 PM

    I used to see Leino playing for Grand Rapids in the AHL, and I would wonder when a guy with his talent wasn’t in Detroit. Then, I was stunned when they sent him to Philly less than a year later. Now, I understand.

  5. 13datsyuk13 - Mar 29, 2014 at 5:57 PM

    We thank Mr. Holland for a lot of things. He’s allowed one oops every once in a while.

    • rbbbaron - Mar 29, 2014 at 6:33 PM

      Yeah that oops, two times over, came in the summer of 2012. Bringing back Sammy for a dumb amount of money with a NTC, Tootoo with equally bad contract. Because of injuries we have to run with rookies in the playoffs last year and they performed…damn well. So what to do during the offseason? How about add a couple more aged forwards to the pile so that we start the season with Nyquist and all the other kids in GR (and even having one of those great signings, Tootoo, eat cap space down there because according to Holland “we have too many forwards”– who could be responsible for that???) And that Weiss contract isn’t just a harmless “oops”, that was an unspeakably stupid signing on par with Clowe and Clarkson. Holland is off his rocker, he should’ve quit while he was ahead so that Yzerman can get to it.

  6. cliffatola - Mar 30, 2014 at 5:43 AM

    They need to put him out on the farm like an old cat.

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