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Bruins invite Leino to camp, sign Eminger to AHL deal

Sep 5, 2014, 11:40 AM EDT

From CSN New England’s Joe Haggerty:

Leino, of course, was bought out by the Sabres this summer after a disastrous stint in Buffalo. At Bruins camp, he’ll join another veteran on a tryout, Simon Gagne.

Eminger, meanwhile, provides organizational depth. The 30-year-old has played almost 500 NHL games, shoots right, and, well, don’t forget about all those Johnny Boychuk trade rumors.

  1. anthj99 - Sep 5, 2014 at 11:52 AM

    Comical.

    • ntvd7 - Sep 5, 2014 at 12:38 PM

      Until he bounces back….

      Buffalo was just a bad situation for him, let’s see if he can redeem himself first before we go insulting the guy

      • rrsm53 - Sep 5, 2014 at 2:07 PM

        really dont insult the guy, tell me what he did in all the time he was in buffalo. He couldn’t put the puck in Niagra falls to save his life or pathetic career.

      • anthj99 - Sep 5, 2014 at 10:59 PM

        ntvd7 is comical.

    • ntvd7 - Sep 5, 2014 at 12:38 PM

      Until he bounces back….

      Buffalo was just a bad situation for him, let’s see if he can redeem himself first before we go insulting the guy

      • ntvd7 - Sep 5, 2014 at 2:28 PM

        Nothing, which is why I said initially that Buffalo was a bad situation for him

        We’ve seen athletes bounce back after being traded

        This could be another one of those situations

      • ntvd7 - Sep 5, 2014 at 2:28 PM

        Nothing, which is why I said initially that Buffalo was a bad situation for him

        We’ve seen athletes bounce back after being traded

        This could be another one of those situations

      • rabidbillsfan - Sep 5, 2014 at 4:07 PM

        Buffalo was a bad situation for him? How so. He was payed money to score goals, John Scott was paid money to cave faces, John Scott had more goals than Ville Leino last season. Let me channel my inner ntvd7. John Scott scored more goals than Ville Leino last season… John Scott scored more goals than Ville Leino last season… just let that sink in one more time, John fricking Scott scored more goals than Ville Leino.

  2. pastabelly - Sep 5, 2014 at 12:06 PM

    Boychuck is as good as gone. Too bad. I love the way he plays the game and he will be tough to replace.

    • jpelle82 - Sep 5, 2014 at 12:15 PM

      why isnt he gone by now though? they shouldve traded him and re-signed krug and smith by now. makes me wonder what they’re asking…teams know he’s a salary dump and becoming a ufa – maybe the b’s cant get a return on him. i would love to have boychuk on my favorite team, but my team cant afford it. teams that can afford him probably dont want to part with picks or prospects either, i cant think of anyone that still needs to hit the salary cap floor anymore either. shedding savard’s money isnt even close to enough to make up krug and smith’s raise so they will have to do something. the leino and gagne thing is just a cluster f if you asked me, maybe they are bringing them in to put pressure on smith’s agent to come down and make a deal…

      • rrsm53 - Sep 5, 2014 at 2:09 PM

        they should trade Bartkowski and McQuaid before they send out Boychuk both of them have done nothing yes McQuaid is a tough D-man but has been hurt and Bartowski made to many errors last season and in the playoffs after doing great the previous year. They have other who can replace them.

      • thesportsjudge - Sep 5, 2014 at 5:52 PM

        rrsm53….If Bart and Darth have “done nothing” then wouldn’t the organization get “nothing” in return?

  3. nunan - Sep 5, 2014 at 12:10 PM

    Serious question. I know he was bad in Buffalo but for those of you who watched him play when he was good, what was he good at?

    • zetaone - Sep 5, 2014 at 12:27 PM

      Stick handling, being elusive, setting people up from the corners/behind net.

      However he was very very weak on the puck. A slight breeze could push him off the puck.

      You could play a drinking game for how many times he falls/gets knocked down in a game.

      • upper90cheese - Sep 5, 2014 at 1:40 PM

        Actually, puck possession was his greatest asset while in Philly. During his amazing, record setting playoff run, it was like the puck was glued to his stick.

      • rabidbillsfan - Sep 5, 2014 at 4:14 PM

        There is one HUGE problem though, his confidence is shot. I cannot remember the game, but it was towards the end of last season, when everybody was hoping to see his drought end, but it was secretly a guilty pleasure here in buffalo to boast “I’ve scored more than Ville Leino” on social media, that he wrapped around to a wide open net… and passed the puck to the middle of the ice creating a turnover. I’m not sure how that’s fixable without putting high end talent around him, which leaves the 3rd and 4th line out of the question in most cases. He should just stay home and collect his buy-out check, no more concussions, bruised ribs or bruised egos.

    • mshantz22 - Sep 5, 2014 at 12:41 PM

      I think where he was good is more important than what he was good at, and that is a place called the AHL.

    • adamal17 - Sep 5, 2014 at 2:00 PM

      I was really high on him when he was in the wings organization…and had egg on my face when he didn’t do much. When he has high expectations (in my opinion) he doesn’t do well. He was a bit whiney when he didn’t get his way (playing on a top line…when he didn’t prove himself, deserve it or fit in). BUT, what happened in Buffalo has definitely humbled him…a lot. If the wings weren’t so log jammed up front I would want him back in the organization on the third or fourth line. He would be good on the Bruins second line (sparingly…Like he was in Philly) and can put the puck in the net with some skilled linemates. He just didn’t have that in Buffalo. Like Zetaone said, he’s not tough…but can be a good two way forward with his speed. I think the Bruins organization has the grit to toughen him up a bit…even if it’s in Providence or as a 13th forward.

  4. milkmemalkin - Sep 5, 2014 at 12:14 PM

    hahahaha they must be getting desparate bringing in a Buffalo Sabre reject. Looks like the start of another era of irrelevancy for the Bruins organization.

    • JoeAvg - Sep 5, 2014 at 12:17 PM

      No Ehroff comments? Trolls are slippin.

      • hockey412 - Sep 5, 2014 at 12:33 PM

        Didn’t think that one through at all, did he…

    • freestyle1022 - Sep 5, 2014 at 1:00 PM

      that was funny, defending President’s Trophy winner with the same core guys, irrelevant.. makes complete sense

      • imleftcoast - Sep 5, 2014 at 3:51 PM

        When it was another team wining the President’s Trophy, it was meaningless to Bruin fans. The East is weak, and that’s the only reason the Bruins aren’t irrelevant. Come play the teams in the Pacific division, and show your mettle.

      • Moop - Sep 5, 2014 at 5:21 PM

        The Bruins were 18-4-6 against the Western Conference last season. 7-1-6 against the Central Division and
        11-3-0 against the Pacific.

    • pete387 - Sep 5, 2014 at 2:26 PM

      Says the guy whose team signed Dan Carcillo. I’m sure he’ll replace the goals that left with James Neal.

      • jpelle82 - Sep 5, 2014 at 3:05 PM

        they signed carcillo? show me where you read that….

      • imleftcoast - Sep 5, 2014 at 3:52 PM

        Signed a tryout deal with the Penguins

        https://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/dan-carcillo-signs-tryout-deal-with-penguins–former-beloved-rivals-142939079.html

      • jpelle82 - Sep 5, 2014 at 4:51 PM

        right….so they havent signed him yet to anything that would replace james neal’s goals…got it

    • thesportsjudge - Sep 5, 2014 at 5:55 PM

      Like Paille? Oh wait, he has carved himself a nice little run in Boston, hasn’t he?

  5. shanekelleytx - Sep 5, 2014 at 1:16 PM

    Why are people dumping on the Bruins for inviting a guy to camp. Yeah, he was terrible last year, but they didn’t actually sign him to a deal. There’s no risk involved, so why not do it?

    • bullwinkle88 - Sep 5, 2014 at 1:50 PM

      That’s true. But inviting a forward with 0 goals? Even most defensemen have better stats than that.

      • adamal17 - Sep 5, 2014 at 2:10 PM

        I think the zero goals isn’t too much of a tell. He had broken ribs for a lot of last year and was a “shell” when he came back. In no way did he deserve the contract he got in Buffalo, but I can see the Bruins organization utilizing him the right way. His +/- wasn’t all that bad as well when you consider where he played. He’s a pretty serviceable 2 way player when healthy as well. IMHO I could see him being a 10-15 goal scorer on the Bruins. Even on the third/fourth line he’d have better line mates consistently than in Buffalo.

    • hockey412 - Sep 5, 2014 at 2:05 PM

      I think it’s because it’s early September, we’ve been without hockey since June, and we desparately need to either 1) root for our hockey team, or 2) dump on other people’s. This is all we have to keep the hives at bay.

      • imleftcoast - Sep 5, 2014 at 3:53 PM

        I think it’s because they have no cap space, and are obviously wasting their time and his.

      • jpelle82 - Sep 5, 2014 at 4:52 PM

        its a dog and pony show designed to intimidate reilly smith’s agent

  6. cantescapekarma - Sep 5, 2014 at 4:04 PM

    Unless the Bruins plan to fit him in somewhere on their 1st or 2nd line (which I don’t see happening but I don’t follow Boston that closely), I don’t see this working out. Leino is NOT a shut down 3rd liner and Definitely Not a physical 4th line guy. I don’t see him having enough skill to fit on a 1st or 2nd line in Boston. He didnt even show enough talent to crack Buffalo’s top 6… Although I think a lot of that had to do with his effort level.
    He had a really good playoff series against Buffalo when he still played for Philly. But other than that, I seem nothing out of this guy in his time with Buffalo. His attitude was absolutely terrible too. He refused to take even part of the blame for his horrid season and passed the blame on to his team mates (publicly, to the reporters no less).
    Having said all that, I do actually wish Ville Leino luck. I’m nit the type of person who roots for people to fail. I hope everything that happened in Buffalo truly did humble him. He also does have a lot to prove now (although youd think he should have realized that long before he was bought out) so maybe his effort level will go way way up and if that happens, who knows, he could do well.

  7. tross16 - Sep 5, 2014 at 4:50 PM

    Hey who knows maybe this guy can turn it around playing with the bs they have so many good players though out their lineup

    • govtminion - Sep 6, 2014 at 9:14 AM

      Sometimes a change of scenery does wonders for a player, too. The classic hockey example is John LeClair going from Montreal to Philly. I’m not saying that’s likely to happen here to that kind of extent, but it’s worth remembering what Lieno was like before going to Buffalo. If that player is still in there somewhere, and Boston can find a way to draw him back out… nothing bad about that. And if not… well, it’s a tryout deal and they can thank him for his time. I don’t see the harm in giving this a shot at all.

  8. joeman26 - Sep 5, 2014 at 6:00 PM

    Marchand and a DMan for E Kane

  9. djshnooks - Sep 6, 2014 at 1:33 PM

    John Scott scores more than Ville Leino.

    He’s a bum, who had ONE decent season in Philly while playing with Briere.

    He had plenty of quality teammates in Buffalo, and he never did a damn thing.

    He’s trash.

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