VILLE LEINO NEWS

Here Comes the Money? What’s the Bills new free agency philosophy under the Pegulas? By @mmigliore

Trying to figure out what the Bills are thinking and trying to do is always a time-consuming, sometimes frustrating exercise. Before diving full into some thoughts about the Bills and free agency, I’m going to start by telling a story about the Sabres. The last time Terry Pegula was heading into his first offseason with a recently-purchased team, it was the summer of 2011 and...
Via Buffalo Wins
March 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Late First Period Goal by Dimitriy Semin Gives Ufa 1-0 Lead

The first period saw some incredible back-and-forth action between the two KHL clubs. In the one meeting between the two teams earlier this year, Ufa, one of the better teams in the Russian league, defeated the Croatian-based Zagreb club 3-1, with an empty netter to end the game. That game was a close one, and that’s how the game started off on Monday, with both teams trading scoring...
Via The Hockey House
December 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Top 5 Former NHLers at the Spengler Cup

The Spengler Cup begins today, and like usual, there are many players that you likely haven’t heard about in a while. Some have been playing in Europe for many years, while others have recently fallen on hard hockey times and moved overseas in hopes of jump starting their career again. To get you prepared with this year’s crop, take a look at five former NHLer’s to keep an...
Via The Hockey House
December 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Top 5 Players to Watch at Channel One Cup

The 2014 Euro Hockey Tour season will come to an end this weekend with the Channel One Cup in Sochi, Russia and Prague, Czech Republic. At the Karjala Cup tournament back in November, Sweden defeated Finland to grab the gold, while Russia took down the Czech Republic for the final medal spot. All four teams have won the COC in the past five years, with Russia (previously the Soviet...
Via The Hockey House
December 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Former NHLer Ville Leino Signs With Medvescak Zagreb

Former NHL forward Ville Leino has signed with Croatian KHL club Medvescak Zagreb for the rest of the season. Leino has had a tough couple of seasons despite a strong start to his NHL career. He was bought out of his contract by the Buffalo Sabres this past off-season and then was released a couple of weeks ago by the Boston Bruins following an unsuccessful training camp contract...
Via The Hockey House
October 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Sabres Preview-Capsule

BUFFALO SABRES LAST SEASON: 21-51-10, 52 points. Missed the playoffs by finishing 16th in the Eastern Conference. COACH: Ted Nolan, 4th season with Sabres (including 1995-97), 90-98-28; 6th overall in NHL. ADDED: RW Brian Gionta, LW Matt Moulson, C Sam Reinhart, D Josh Gorges, D Andrej Meszaros, C Cody McCormick, D Andre Benoit. LOST: LW Ville Leino, D Christian Ehrhoff, D Henrik...
Via AP on Fox
October 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Boston Bruins: Johnny Boychuck Should Stay; Team Releases Leino

Following the Bruins signing of Torey Krug and Reilly Smith, the Ville Leino experiement has come to an end. General Manager Peter Chiarelli announed that the team has released Leino from his tryout invitation.
Via CLNS Radio
September 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Released from PTO: Ville Leino, Henrik Tallinder, and Cam Barker

Teams around the NHL continue to trim their rosters as Ville Leino, Henrik Tallinder, and Cam Barker were cut from their PTO's. #182539202 / gettyimages.com Leino, Barker, and Tallinder were all long shots with their respective teams. They weren't able to overcome the rigors of the NHL both on and off the ice.Tallinder hurt his shoulder when he was put hard into the boards...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
September 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Boston Bruins Release Veteran Forward Ville Leino From Tryout Deal

The Boston Bruins released veteran forward Ville Leino from his tryout contract on Monday, general manager Peter Chiarelli announced. The move comes on the same day the B’s signed restricted free agents Torey Krug and Reilly Smith to matching one-year, $1.4 million contracts, leaving little room for Leino with the club, and also a slim chance he finds a home on another NHL team...
Via NESN.com
September 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Wings fall to the Bruins 3-1 in exhibition contest

DETROIT -- Ville Leino broke a tie with 4:40 left and the Boston Bruins beat the Detroit Red Wings 3-1 in an exhibition game Saturday night. Dougie Hamilton had a goal and an assist and Brad Marchand also scored for Boston (2-1-1). Tuukka Rask made 14 saves in the first two periods, and Jeremy Smith stopped eight shots in the third. Landon Ferraro scored for Detroit (2-1-1), and...
Via AP on Fox
September 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Ville Leino’s Third-Period Goal Helps Bruins Defeat Red Wings (Video)

DETROIT — Ville Leino broke a tie with 4:40 left and the Boston Bruins beat the Detroit Red Wings 3-1 in an exhibition game Saturday night. Dougie Hamilton had a goal and an assist and Brad Marchand also scored for Boston (2-1-1). Tuukka Rask made 14 saves in the first two periods, and Jeremy Smith stopped eight shots in the third. Landon Ferraro scored for Detroit (2-1-1), and...
Via NESN.com
September 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Wings fall to the Bruins 3-1 in exhibition contest

DETROIT -- Ville Leino broke a tie with 4:40 left and the Boston Bruins beat the Detroit Red Wings 3-1 in an exhibition game Saturday night. Dougie Hamilton had a goal and an assist and Brad Marchand also scored for Boston (2-1-1). Tuukka Rask made 14 saves in the first two periods, and Jeremy Smith stopped eight shots in the third. Landon Ferraro scored for Detroit (2-1-1), and...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
September 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Leino helps Bruins beat Red Wings 3-1

DETROIT (AP) Ville Leino broke a tie with 4:40 left and the Boston Bruins beat the Detroit Red Wings 3-1 in an exhibition game Saturday night. Dougie Hamilton had a goal and an assist and Brad Marchand also scored for Boston (2-1-1). Tuukka Rask made 14 saves in the first two periods, and Jeremy Smith stopped eight shots in the third. Landon Ferraro scored for Detroit (2-1-1), and...
Via AP on Fox
September 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Bruins-Capitals Live: Boston Returns To Garden For Preseason Home Opener

BOSTON — The Bruins will play in front of their fans at TD Garden on Wednesday night for the first time since they were eliminated in Game 7 of the 2014 Eastern Conference semifinals by the Montreal Canadiens. The opponent for Boston’s season opener is a Washington Capitals squad that will be without superstar forward Alexander Ovechkin. The B’s lost 3-2 to the Canadiens at...
Via NESN.com
September 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Simon Gagne and Ville Leino offer intriguing potential at Bruins training camp

Bruins' killer Simon Gagne now has a chance to play for the Black and Gold. Photo: Matt Slocum/AP FileSimon Gagne, remembered by many Bruins fans as the guy who ended Boston's 2010 playoffs, is attending Bruins camp in 2014 on a tryout basis. The same can be said for Ville Leino who was also part of that 2010 Philadelphia Flyers team and who's contract was recently bought out by...
Via BruinsLife
September 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Boston Bruins Announce 2014 Training Camp Roster

The Boston Bruins begin training camp Thursday at TD Garden with off-ice fitness testing. The first set of practices will start Friday at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington. In addition to the veterans, rookies and prospects who will be attending camp, a few other players have been invited on a tryout basis — forwards Simon Gagne, Ville Leino, Bracken Kearns, Ethan Werek, and defensemen...
Via NESN.com
September 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Terry Pegula will own Buffalo Sabres and Bills

Terry Pegula is once again Buffalo's night in shining armor. The billionaire gas mogul has an agreement in place to purchase the Buffalo Bills for $1.1B.Terry Pegula first became a household name back in 2011 when he bought the Buffalo Sabres. As an owner he quickly became a fan favorite. He fully committed to the success of the Sabres and the people of Buffalo. In his statement...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
September 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Bruins Sign Matt Fraser To One-Year Contract; Ville Leino Invited To Training Camp

The Boston Bruins have signed restricted free agent forward Matt Fraser to a one-year, two-way contract, general manager Peter Chiarelli said Friday. Fraser played in two regular-season games for Boston in 2013-14. The 24-year-old forward also scored the winning goal in overtime of Game 4 during the Bruins’ second-round playoff series against the Montreal Canadiens. Chiarelli also...
Via NESN.com
September 05, 2014  |  Discuss

NHL Compliance buyouts

#162982447 / gettyimages.comBuffalo:   Ville Leino $4.5M Chicago:   Steve Montador $2.75M, Rostislav Olesz $3.125MDallas:   Aaron Rome $1.5M Detroit:   Carlo Colaiacovo $2.5M Edmonton:   Eric Belanger $1.75M Minnesota:  Tom Gilbert $4M Montreal:   Scott Gomez $7.357M,  Tomas Kaberle $4.25MNashville:  Hal Gill $2M New Jersey: Johan Hedberg $1.4M NY Islanders...
Via Goon's World
June 18, 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

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

Sabres In July

  With all of the excitement buzzing around the current playoffs, it's tough to imagine Sabres brass isn't itching to get back into the second season. While it is true that I don't believe the Sabres will be back in the playoffs before the 2015-2016 season, there are undoubtedly a number of moves the Sabres can make this summer that will only enhance their chances of making it...
Via Puckrant.com
May 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Trading for the #1 pick reeks more of a desperation move than a smart football move

Desperation. In sports fandom, you tend to go through this after years of adversity. You’ll do crazy stuff without the element of thinking things out in order to get out of sports purgatory. I’ve gone through this way too many times as a Buffalo fan. You’d make deals with the devil or just sign T.O. because you’re desperate for that get-rich-quick scheme to get you out of...
Via Buffalo Wins
May 01, 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...
Via Puckrant.com
April 26, 2014  |  Discuss

System Of A Down The Middle (Foundations of a rebuild)

The Buffalo Sabres actually weren't bad this season, they were awful. After posting an abysmal 2013 campaign, the brass of the Sabres decided it was time to let go of some very familiar faces. Say what you will about the product on the ice this season, but it could actually be worse. What the Sabres lacked in on-ice talent, they certainly made up for with extremely savvy moves from...
Via Puckrant.com
April 20, 2014  |  Discuss
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