Report: Sabres owner Pegula makes bid for NFL’s Bills

Tuesday afternoon was the deadline for prospective buyers to submit their “indication of interest” for the NFL’s Buffalo Bills and, according to the Buffalo News, Sabres owner Terry Pegula officially threw his hat into the ring. Pegula, who made his fortune in the natural gas industry, purchased the Sabres in February 2011 and was immediately lauded for his spend-happy ways...
Via Pro Sports Daily
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Sabres Picked To Win Stanley Cup ..... In 2020

From Ken Campbell of The Hockey News, Based on where the Sabres sit in the standings, they are looking up, way up. But so are their prospects for success. And the best part of it for a guy like Murray, who has made a living on identifying young talent, is that the canvas is relatively blank. After they bought out Ville Leino and Christian Ehrhoff this summer, the only big-money...
Via Kukla's Korner
July 12, 2014  |  Discuss

NHL free agency pool grows with buyouts

It was the Christian thing to do for the Sabres. And more than a few general managers are happy that rebuilding Buffalo bought out defenceman Christian Ehrhoff on Sunday, another late addition to what were meagre or over-priced offerings in the unrestricted free agent market that opens Tuesday. Ehrhoff had seven years to go on a 10-year, $40-million deal inked in 2011, which put...
Via Pro Sports Daily
June 30, 2014  |  Discuss

The Other NHL Awards

from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star, ... we’ve decided to come up with our own set of NHL awards. Here are some we’d like to see: Heartless Trophy for least valuable player Goes to Ville Leino of the Buffalo Sabres. No goals and 15 assists for the price of a $4.5 million cap hit. No wonder they bought him out. The vote was close, by a hair, over the pylon...
Via Kukla's Korner
June 24, 2014  |  Discuss

My ode to Ville Leino

The Sabres are waiving Ville Leino today for the purpose of executing a compliance buyout. — John Vogl (@BuffNewsVogl) June 17, 2014 We’ve all made about 200 Ville Leino jokes since he’s been a member of the Sabres and I’m not going to make the 201st joke about him. There’s no debate..The dude stunk and he was an awful signing. It did go beyond the crazy salary he received...
Via Buffalo Wins
June 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Canucks choose to buy out David Booth; Sabres to buy out Ville Leino

From TSN's Bob McKenzie, it appears that David Booth and Ville Leino will have new employers next season: VAN puts David Booth on unconditional waivers for purpose of buyout. — Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) June 17, 2014 BUF puts Ville Leino on unconditional waivers for purpose of buyout. — Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) June 17, 2014
Via Kukla's Korner
June 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Detroit Red Wings: Czech Free Agent Signed

By Rhys Richards (@RREsq) On Saturday, the Detroit Red Wings announced the signing of Czech free agent Tomas Nosek to a two-way, two-year deal. Detroit had its eyes on Nosek at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft and continued to monitor his progress even after he went undrafted. In his third season with HC Pardubice in the Czech ExtraLiga last year, Nosek finished with a team leading 44 points...
Via The Hockey Guys
June 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Leino's agent: 'Few very short discussions' with Sabres about buyout possibility

Ville Leino remains the NHL's most likely buyout candidate, but there hasn't been much talk between the Sabres and his agent. "I have had few very short discussions about Leino with Tim Murray," Leino's agent, Markus Lehto, told The News by email. Murray, Buffalo's general manager, has said it's a "very good possibility" the team will part...
Via Pro Sports Daily
June 13, 2014  |  Discuss

A Good Chance The Buffalo Sabres Buyout Ville Leino

from John Vogle of Sabres Edge at the Buffalo News, Ville Leino remains the NHL's most likely buyout candidate, but there hasn't been much talk between the Sabres and his agent. "I have had few very short discussions about Leino with Tim Murray," Leino's agent, Markus Lehto, told The News by email. Murray, Buffalo's general manager, has said...
Via Kukla's Korner
June 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Enroth, Leino, and the like

  After the trade of Buffalo legend Ryan Miller, it seems that an open competition will be held for the next great Buffalo netminder, or is it? With Ryan Miller taking his talents to St. Lou, the door has suddenly swayed wide open for Jhonas Enroth. Anyone who isn't a moron knows that this Buffalo rebuild will take longer than just 1 season. Given that, Jhonas Enroth may finally...
April 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Preparing For The Buyout Season

from Luke Fox of Sportsnet, The second and final window for the NHL clubs to use their amnesty buyouts will begin the later of June 15 or 48 hours after the 2014 Stanley Cup final concludes. The buyout window slams shut for good at 5 p.m. ET on June 30. Bought-out players become unrestricted free agents and can sign with a new club on July 1. Each team was granted two compliance...
Via Kukla's Korner
April 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Sorrowful Sabres limp to finish line with shootout loss

The Buffalo Sabres’ season is over. Try not to cry. Aside from the scoreboard crashing to the ice again or the team having to forfeit for lack of players, there was no more fitting end to the Sabres’ miserable season than goal-less Ville Leino losing the puck and failing to score in a shootout Sunday night. Buffalo’s chaos-filled, loss-plagued, forgettable year ended with...
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April 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Buffalo Sabres’ Ville Leino: “They are not going to boo and finally cheered”

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Ville Leino is finally beginning to hear cheers from the Buffalo Sabres fans. Leino scored the ninth round shootout-winner and added an assist, leading the Sabres to a 3-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils at home on Tuesday night. “Ya, they are not going to boo and finally cheered,” Leino said jokingly when asked about his reception from fans. “I was pretty...
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April 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Sabres drop Devils 3-2 in shootout

Ville Leino had no idea what was going to happen when Ted Nolan called his name to take part in the rollicking shootout. The Sabres’ coach did. “I mentioned to John Scott, ‘Watch the crowd go crazy on this one,’ ” Nolan said with a smile. Indeed, the folks in First Niagara Center raised their voices, arms and bodies Tuesday night when Leino hopped over the boards as Buffalo’s...
Via Pro Sports Daily
April 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Buffalo Sabres defeat New Jersey Devils 3-2 in shootout

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Ville Leino scored the shootout-winner leading the Buffalo Sabres to a 3-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils at home on Tuesday. Tyler Ennis scored the Sabres first two goals at 1:39 and 4:41 of the third period before Tuomo Rutuu answered for the Devils at 6:58 to square the game up at 2-2, setting the stage for overtime. Nathan Lieuwen started in goal for the...
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April 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Bell Media Acquires Senators Regional Rights

One day after Bruce Garrioch wrote about the Ottawa Senators being on the verge of announcing a new regional broadcasting agreement, the Ottawa Citizen’s James Gordon swooped in and confirmed this afternoon that Bell Media has acquired the Senators’ rights for the next 12 years. Ever since the announcement that Rogers had captured the national broadcasting rights with their...
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January 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Stafford, Leino suffer upper-body injuries in Sabres' win

The Buffalo Sabres won just their second game in regulation on the road Saturday night, but lost two players in the process.Energy line left wing Ville Leino and first line right wing Drew Stafford were both forced from the Sabres surprising 5-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets, both with upper body injuries.  Leino took a hammer shot from Jack Johnson in the second period...
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January 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Sabres Are Not Getting What They Paid For With Ville Leino

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News, You watch Ville Leino play and too often nothing happens. It’s like that night after night. It’s obviously too much money to pay for a whole lot of nothing. It’s really almost hard to believe. Is Leino the worst free agent signing in Buffalo sports history? He’s easily the Sabres’ version of Derrick Dockery, the big lineman...
Via Kukla's Korner
January 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Sabres Leino questionable for Tuesday

Ville Leino from the Buffalo Sabres is sitting out with a lower body injury. It is not said what the injury is but Leino is day-to-day. He got the injured during a game on New Years Eve and left midway through the game against the Jets only playing two minutes. He has not played since but according to the Sabres Twitter Page Leino has been seen on the ice and remains questionable...
Via Sports Injury Alert
January 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Daily Diehard: Ville Leino’s brutal dive, Bizarre Soccer “Training,” Springsteen at MSG, Candace Swanepoel

Sabres forward Ville Leino channeled his inner Soccer player: Cincinnati Bearcats have some cool uniforms for Belk Bowl: Complete @belkbowl ensemble #GoBearcats @Uniformswag @PhilHecken — Bearcats Equipment (@UC_Equipment) December 16, 2013 Bruce Springsteen with his daughter at Madison Square Garden for the Duke-UCLA game: Bruce Springsteen, college...
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December 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Hodgson (‘took a little bit of a banging’) out; Leino back in

“Cody Hodgson took a little bit of a banging last game, so he probably won’t play tonight.” Quote courtesy Sabres coach Ted Nolan, per the Buffalo News. And while there may have been a better way to say that, it doesn’t change the fact that Ville Leino will replace Hodgson against the Senators. Leino was a healthy scratch Tuesday at home versus Ottawa, a 2-1 shootout win...
Via Pro Sports Daily
December 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Maple Leafs' play should be a major concern for fans

Tough way to learn a lesson. The Maple Leafs didn’t lose on a power-play goal in overtime against the Buffalo Sabres on Friday night, but the punch to the gut in the extra session certainly felt like they had. Defenceman Paul Ranger, who held the non-dangerous Ville Leino as the Sabres forward skated behind the Leafs net late in the third period, barely was back on the ice after...
Via Pro Sports Daily
November 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Sabres hoping for more production from Leino

When the Buffalo Sabres host the Los Angeles Kings at First Niagara Center on Tuesday, Sabres forward Ville Leino will be back in the lineup after being a healthy scratch for the team's 6-2 loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Friday. "I've been playing around 10 or 11 minutes and not really [on the] power play so you've got to do the best in your time," Leino said...
Via Pro Sports Daily
November 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Monday Hockey Notes

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal, - Worst free-agent signing the last few years: Ville Leino, who somehow got $27 million over six years from the Buffalo Sabres. He got his first shot of the season, in his seventh game, the other night. That’s first shot, not first goal or point. He has four years left at a $4.6-million salary cap hit. Buyout, baby. - Now-fired...
Via Kukla's Korner
November 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Sabres lose Leino to broken rib

Oft-injured Buffalo Sabres forward Ville Leino is out of the lineup once again, this time because of a broken rib. Coach Ron Rolston announced Thursday that Leino is out indefinitely after he was hurt in Buffalo's season-opening 2-1 loss at Detroit a day earlier. Rolston said Leino was hurt in the first period, but continued playing. The severity of the injury wasn't revealed...
Via AP on Fox
October 03, 2013  |  Discuss
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