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Sabres still mulling Leino buyout

Jun 12, 2014, 3:20 PM EDT

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The NHL buyout period is coming soon and with it so will the decision on Ville Leino‘s future with the Buffalo Sabres.

Leino has three years left on a contract with Buffalo that comes with a $4.5 million cap hit. Sabres GM Tim Murray told WGR radio in Buffalo they’re still deciding what the proper course is in how to handle Leino’s situation.

Murray said there’s a strong possibility that they’ll use the compliance buyout on Ville Leino. Murray says they must still cross the t’s and dot the i’s and have one more conversation with the owner about it.

As for Leino, his agent told John Vogl of The Buffalo News they haven’t had much talk with the Sabres.

“I have had few very short discussions about Leino with Tim Murray,” Leino’s agent, Markus Lehto, told The News by email.

The buyout period begins 48 hours after the end of the Stanley Cup Final or June 15, whichever comes first, and ends June 30. The Sabres owe Leino $11 million and a buyout would cost them $7.3 million (two-thirds of the amount owed). The Sabres signed Leino to a six-year, $27 million deal in the summer of 2011.

One possible issue for Buffalo should they use a compliance buyout on Leino: Hitting the salary floor.

It’s projected to be around $50 million next season and as of right now, according to, the Sabres have nearly $39 million committed to the cap. Lopping off $4.5 million means Buffalo will have to spend $15 million against the cap to compete. They have five restricted free agents to get signed, two of whom are due for a raise in Tyler Ennis and Marcus Foligno. Cory Conacher, Jamie McBain, and Chad Ruhwedel are also RFAs.

  1. bullwinkle88 - Jun 12, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    They would be crazy not to dump Leino. The guy is not only useless on the ice, but has a terrible attitude to boot. When asked about the fact that he has scored 0 goals the entire season, he deflected the question by mentioning that other guys on the team are having trouble too.

    This guy is just bad news any way you look at it.

  2. pjblake2redwings - Jun 12, 2014 at 3:55 PM

    so glad the wings dumped him when they did

  3. mz1394 - Jun 12, 2014 at 3:58 PM

    Remember when the sabres signed him and some other free agents and idiot sabres fans were talking about how many Stanley cups they were going to win LMAO!!!!!! Come on sabres fans do it say the phrase you will always be known for NEXT YEAR LMAO

  4. canucks30 - Jun 12, 2014 at 4:03 PM

    A bigger BUST than Kate Upton.

    • steelcity333 - Jun 12, 2014 at 7:15 PM

      I lost the contest.

    • iwt5007 - Jun 13, 2014 at 9:34 AM

      My boss just caught me trying this…..we both lost

  5. flyboystransport - Jun 12, 2014 at 4:13 PM

    One of the few times the flyers got outbid and look what happens. …….

  6. elvispocomo - Jun 12, 2014 at 4:58 PM

    They could certainly use a regular buyout, I don’t think there’s anything preventing them from doing so in case they can’t bring in enough salary through trade or free agency to make the floor.

  7. thomasvanek - Jun 12, 2014 at 9:02 PM

    God please buy out Leino. Every time I see him with the puck i know that within 3 seconds the opposing team is going to be taking it the other way.

  8. 19inarow - Jun 13, 2014 at 4:25 AM

    Erhoff was also a mistake.

  9. kastout11 - Jun 13, 2014 at 8:55 AM

    I can definitely see Philly signing him if Buffalo buys out his contract. He excelled previously in Philly (even though Lavi was the coach and the system was not the same), and will be playing with some pretty talented players. I know Hextall keeps talking about developing within and how he likes prospects, but the Flyers are in need of a winger and Leino might be that winger. I am pretty sure he will come pretty cheap and he would probably take less to go back to Philly, considering he will still have the cash from the buyout. Just a possibility.

    • stepanup - Jun 13, 2014 at 11:05 AM

      If success under Lavi was the cause, wouldn’t that make him a bargain signing for the Predators?

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