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16 Ville Leino LW
Height/Weight: 6-1/182 | Birthdate: 10/6/1983 | Birthplace: Savonlinna, Finland | Team: | College: | NHL Experience: 6 | Salary: /images/players/unknown-player-170x170.png | Owned/Started%: 0/0

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10/12/2014

Ville Leino, LW, BOS

Ville Leino

Leino Signs With KHL Team

News: Ville Leino signed with Medvescak Zagreb of the KHL on Sunday, Chris Johnston of Sportsnet reports.
Analysis: Ville Leino was released by the Bruins in late September, which led to the expectation that he would sign overseas. It's possible he could again receive some NHL interest with a strong showing, but it's also possible he stays in Europe for good.

9/29/2014

Ville Leino, LW, BOS

Ville Leino

Bruins Release Leino

News: The Bruins released Ville Leino from his professional contract Monday.
Analysis: Ville Leino has struggled ever since going to the Cup finals with the Flyers in 2010, and it appears his NHL career may be over. Unless we hear of another team picking him up, it's safest to consider him irrelevant in fantasy leagues.

9/6/2014

Ville Leino, LW, BOS

Ville Leino

Bruins To Give Leino A Chance

News: The Bruins have invited Ville Leino to training camp on a tryout basis, the Boston Herald reports.
Analysis: Though he is coming off a 2013-14 season in which he notched zero goals and had 15 assists for the Sabres in 58 games, the Bruins could use some wing depth and it's plausible that with a fresh start, Ville Leino could carve out a top-nine role with the team if he turns in a strong training camp.

6/17/2014

Ville Leino, LW, BOS

Ville Leino

Sabres' Leino Placed On Unconditional Waivers

News: Ville Leino was placed on unconditional waivers Tuesday by the Sabres for the purpose of a buyout, TSN reports.
Analysis: This move comes as no surprise as Ville Leino was one of the team's worst players on the league's worst team. Leino has been with the Sabres for the past three seasons after he signed a six-year, $27 million deal in 2011. He was coming off a career season with the Flyers that earned him his big contract with the Sabres, but Leino never lived up to expectations. He had a subpar first season with the Sabres, playing in 71 games and scoring eight goals and 17 assists. That disappointing first campaign was followed by an injury-riddled 2012-13 before he hit rock bottom in 2013-14 when he failed to record a single goal in 58 games and posted just 15 assists to finish with a minus-16 rating. He was expected to make $11 million over the next three seasons, which would have been one of the highest salaries on the team, but he was not productive enough this past season to justify his salary going forward. With the buyout, the Sabres will pay him $7.6 million over the next six years. It is unlikely Leino will have lucrative options in the NHL and may return to Europe to finish his career.

4/13/2014

Ville Leino, LW, BOS

Ville Leino

Sabres' Leino Finishes With Zero Goals

News: It's official - after the Sabres' 4-3 shootout loss to the Islanders on Sunday, Ville Leino will finish the 2013-14 season with zero goals scored in 57 games played.
Analysis: Ville Leino has scored just 10 goals in 126 games as a Buffalo Sabre after signing a $27 million deal in July 2011. The Sabres tried everything with Leino, but nothing worked - his work ethic was the biggest hurdle, given his inconsistent performances. He finishes the season with zero goals and a minus-16 rating, both career-worsts. The Sabres can still buy out players this summer, and Leino is a prime candidate.

4/1/2014

Ville Leino, LW, BOS

Ville Leino

Leino Back in Buffalo Lineup

News: Ville Leino (illness) will play Tuesday against the Devils, the Sabres' official site reports.
Analysis: Ville Leino missed Saturday's game against the Lightning due to a migraine but will rejoin the Sabres' lineup for this one, with Nicolas Deslauriers unavailable for Tuesday's contest.

3/31/2014

Ville Leino, LW, BOS

Ville Leino

Sabres' Leino Expects To Play Tuesday

News: Ville Leino (illness) expects to play Tuesday against the Devils.
Analysis: Ville Leino reported feeling lightheaded during Thursday night's tilt with the Predators, and was later diagnosed with a type of migraine. Leino also described the feeling of his vision being delayed, which is obviously not conducive to playing hockey at a high level. The winger says he's feeling better, but the strange occurrence is certainly troubling for fantasy owners.

3/28/2014

Ville Leino, LW, BOS

Ville Leino

Sabres' Leino Will Not Play Saturday

News: Ville Leino (illness) will not play Saturday against the Lightning, Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News reports.
Analysis: Coach Ted Nolan didn't elaborate much on Ville Leino's condition Friday, saying only that he "just started not feeling well" during Thursday's tilt. The 30-year-old forward will undergo further medical evaluations, but his reported lightheadedness could be indicative of a head injury.

3/27/2014

Ville Leino, LW, BOS

Ville Leino

Sabres' Leino Feeling Light-Headed

News: Sabres coach Ted Nolan said that Ville Leino left Thursday's game because the forward was feeling light-headed, John Vogl of the Buffalo News reports.
Analysis: The symptom could be indicative of an illness or head injury, with the former seeming a bit more likely. Ville Leino hasn't done much for fantasy owners this season, and the Buffalo News' Vogl believes that the forward could be a compliance buyout in the offseason. Leino's six-year, $27 million contract, signed in 2011, has been an absolute disaster for the Sabres.

3/27/2014

Ville Leino, LW, BOS

Ville Leino

Sabres' Leino Exits With Injury Thursday

News: Ville Leino left Thursday's game due to an upper-body injury, John Vogl of the Buffalo News reports.
Analysis: Before he left, Ville Leino extended his pointless streak to 12 games, and he's still yet to score a goal this season. With the campaign nearing an end, he'll only have a few more chances to find twine, and this injury could bring him one step closer to an embarrassing zero-goal season.

3/25/2014

Ville Leino, LW, BOS

Ville Leino

Leino Back in Buffalo Lineup

News: Ville Leino will suit up against Montreal on Tuesday, the Buffalo News reports.
Analysis: Ville Leino will return to the Sabres' lineup Tuesday, with Zenon Konopka out. To date, Leino has recorded 12 assists in 50 games, and none of his 34 shots on goal in that span have found twine.

3/23/2014

Ville Leino, LW, BOS

Ville Leino

Sabres' Leino Sits Second Straight Game

News: Ville Leino will be a healthy scratch Sunday against Vancouver, reports WGR 550.
Analysis: Head coach Ted Nolan has had enough of Ville Leino, who has zero goals and just 12 assists in 50 games played this season. The Sabres beat Edmonton on Thursday without Leino, so Nolan will try and keep the momentum going and no lineup changes are expected.

3/20/2014

Ville Leino, LW, BOS

Ville Leino

Sabres To Sit Leino Out

News: Ville Leino won't play Thursday against the Oilers.
Analysis: Ville Leino -- who has zero goals and 12 assists in 50 games to date -- will give way to Zenon Konopka in Thursday's lineup.

3/19/2014

Ville Leino, LW, BOS

Ville Leino

Sabres Demote Leino To Fourth Line

News: With the Sabres mired in a losing streak, Ville Leino was demoted to the fourth line at practice Wednesday.
Analysis: Ville Leino has played 50 games this season but has yet to score. Through 129 games as a Buffalo Sabre, he's scored just 10 goals, so it's no surprise the Finnish forward finds himself on the fourth line yet again. It's become apparent that the Sabres overrated Leino's abilities and his desire to compete in Buffalo after signing such a big contract. His work ethic has been inconsistent all season and is a top candidate for a buyout this summer. After scoring 53 points in 81 games for Philadelphia during the 2010-11 season, Leino is playing himself out of the league.

2/27/2014

Ville Leino, LW, BOS

Ville Leino

Two Assists For Sabres' Leino

News: Ville Leino had two assists in Wednesday's 5-4 win over the Bruins.
Analysis: With Tyler Ennis out with an injury Wednesday, Ville Leino stepped in as the first-line center, seeing 17:46 of ice time in the victory. Although he acquitted himself well, Leino will likely return to bottom-six role in the very near future with Ennis likely to be ready perhaps as soon as the team's next game.

2/5/2014

Ville Leino, LW, BOS

Ville Leino

Sabres To Sit Leino Again

News: Ville Leino is slated to be a healthy scratch Wednesday against the Penguins, the Buffalo News reports.
Analysis: Barring a late switch, Ville Leino -- who has zero goals and nine assists in 37 games to date -- is thus in line to sit out his second straight game.

2/3/2014

Ville Leino, LW, BOS

Ville Leino

Sabres Sit Leino Monday

News: Ville Leino will sit out Monday's game against the Oilers.
Analysis: Coach Ted Nolan indicated that he wanted to make some changes to the Sabres' lineup in the wake of Saturday's 7-1 loss to Colorado, so Ville Leino -- who has zero goals and nine assists in 37 games to date -- will take a seat Monday.

1/27/2014

Ville Leino, LW, BOS

Ville Leino

Sabres' Leino Slated To Return

News: Ville Leino (upper body) is expected to return to the lineup Monday vs. the Penguins.
Analysis: Ville Leino left Saturday's game with the injury, but it looks like it won't prevent him from suiting up Monday after he checked out fine during morning skate. With Drew Stafford (shoulder) ruled out for Monday, Leino is slated to fill his spot on the top line for at least one game. The Finnish playmaker has two assists in his past four games, after going the entire month of December with just one assist. He has yet to score a goal this season, and head coach Ted Nolan is hoping that he can ride Leino's mini-hot streak a little longer by playing on the top line with Tyler Ennis and Matt Moulson. Don't expect much from Leino, though. Nolan is crossing his fingers and hoping for the best with this move, since there are few other players on the Sabres roster who can provide offense in a top-six role.

1/25/2014

Ville Leino, LW, BOS

Ville Leino

Sabres' Leino Suffers Injury

News: Ville Leino left Saturday's game with an upper-body injury and will not return.
Analysis: Earlier in the month, Ville Leino missed four games with a lower-body injury, and he's tallied just two points (both assists) in seven appearances since returning from that issue. On the bright side, one of those assists came during Saturday's game, even though Leino only logged 6:23 of ice time. He still hasn't scored a goal this season.

1/11/2014

Ville Leino, LW, BOS

Ville Leino

Sabres' Leino To Return Sunday Against Washington

News: After missing four games, Ville Leino (lower body) will be available to play Sunday against the Capitals, reports Bill Hoppe of the Olean Times Herald.
Analysis: With just six assists in 26 games, Ville Leino is having the worst season of his professional career. The Sabres invested $27 million in the 30-year-old Finn, but have gotten very little in return. In 105 NHL games with Buffalo, he's scored just 10 goals. He's a strong candidate for a buyout this summer as the Sabres continue their rebuild. Though Leino is available for Sunday, it's still unclear if head coach Ted Nolan is willing to put him back in the lineup. Leino was benched and scratched by Nolan earlier this year after numerous attempts to get Leino's offense going became futile.

1/9/2014

Ville Leino, LW, BOS

Ville Leino

Sabres' Leino Puts In Full Practice Thursday

News: Ville Leino (lower body) practiced with full contact Thursday.
Analysis: No word yet on if he'll be active for Thursday's game against the Panthers, but things certainly seem to be trending in the right direction for the forward. Ville Leino has missed the last three games due to the injury.

1/8/2014

Ville Leino, LW, BOS

Ville Leino

Sabres' Leino Practices

News: Ville Leino (lower body) practiced Wednesday in a red non-contact jersey, Bill Hoppe of the Times Herald reports.
Analysis: Ville Leino has already been sidelined longer than expected, and still doesn't appear quite ready to return. Until he can fully participate in practice, it's unlikely that he'll be able to return to the lineup.

1/6/2014

Ville Leino, LW, BOS

Ville Leino

Sabres' Leino Ruled Out For Tuesday

News: Ville Leino, who is suffering from a lower body injury, will not play Tuesday against Carolina, reports Bill Hoppe of the Olean Times Herald.
Analysis: Ville Leino was injured on December 31 in the first period and was expected to be back for Tuesday, but will sit out as he continues to nurse his injury. The Sabres host Florida on Tuesday and will make a decision on Leino then.

1/4/2014

Ville Leino, LW, BOS

Ville Leino

Sabres' Leino Skates Saturday

News: Ville Leino (lower body) was on the ice for Saturday's morning skate, Bill Hoppe of the Buffalo Times Herald reports.
Analysis: Ville Leino was forced from the Sabres' New Year's Eve game with a lower-body injury early in the first period and never returned. There was no word given on just how severe the injury is, but it will apparently keep him out of action for Saturday's game. He has his eye on returning to the lineup Tuesday vs. the Hurricanes.

12/31/2013

Ville Leino, LW, BOS

Ville Leino

Sabres' Leino Injured Tuesday

News: Ville Leino was forced out of Tuesday's game against the Jets with a lower body injury.
Analysis: Ville Leino, who saw 2:13 worth of ice time prior to his injury, entered Tuesday's contest with no goals and six assists in 25 games.