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No surprise: Sabres waive Leino for purpose of buyout

Jun 17, 2014, 12:34 PM EDT

Ville Leino Getty Images

Action has picked up on Day 2 of the NHL’s compliance buyout window.

Around the same time Vancouver put David Booth on waivers so he could be amnestied, word broke that Buffalo would do the same with beleaguered forward Ville Leino.

First reported by the Buffalo News, word of Leino’s buyout shouldn’t come as much of a surprise — back in mid-April, GM Tim Murray said buying out Leino was “a very good possibility.”

Leino, 30, recently wrapped the third of a six-year, $27 million deal that’s widely regarded as one of the NHL’s most onerous contracts. Signed by ex-GM Darcy Regier after shooting to prominence with the Flyers — when he found magic during the ’10 playoffs with Scott Hartnell and Daniel Briere, scoring 21 points in 19 games — Leino has been a colossal disappointment in Buffalo, scoring just 46 points in 137 games while missing 75 to a variety of injuries, healthy scratches and a suspension.

This year, Leino gained infamy by failing to score a single goal in 58 games, and only put 38 shots on goal.

Buffalo has yet to use either of its compliance buyouts — where the salary-cap charge is completely wiped clean, but the team must pay two-thirds of the remaining contract across twice the remaining term of the deal — opting to use a regular buyout, not a compliance, on Nathan Gerbe last summer.

Assuming nobody plucks Leino off waivers and the Sabres buy him out, they’ll be relieved of his $4.5 million cap hit over the next three seasons but will pay him $1.22 million per season until 2020.

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  1. buddysguys - Jun 17, 2014 at 12:52 PM

    what a d*ck

  2. iwt5007 - Jun 17, 2014 at 1:02 PM

    0 goals and 38 shots in 58 games this season but $1.22 million per season until 2020…….man must be nice!

    • erbaker67 - Jun 17, 2014 at 1:04 PM

      If only I can get on that level.

      • nflfan4now - Jun 17, 2014 at 1:44 PM

        you probably are on that level – anyone who can lace up skates was on his level this year!

    • iwt5007 - Jun 17, 2014 at 2:04 PM

      Now that I look at the picture, I can’t tell if he is yelling or yawning

  3. hockeyornothing - Jun 17, 2014 at 3:16 PM

    I’d comment but I’m looking for an agent. Skates are laced (even though it’s 90 degrees outside)but I will settle for league minimum thru 2020 zero no trade clause. Will play in WPG EDM CGY or Vancouver (will also need a clothing allowance for all the interviews when I have 38 shots all season) or any of the other 26 teams. Panthers r great too. I’m used to those temps!

  4. djshnooks - Jun 17, 2014 at 4:15 PM

    This is the first step in a positive direction for this organization. This marks day #1.

    Everything from here on out is about building this team back up into a contender.

    What a great day.

    Sorry Ville, but I’m not…enjoy that loot!

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