As Ville Leino skates with his team for the first time in a long time, is the winger calling out his teammates from the sidelines? It sure sounds like it.
Having never been through a coaching change in his career, it almost sounds like Leino is sticking up for former Buffalo Sabres coach Lindy Ruff.
“It’s not always the coach, a lot of times it’s the players too.” Was Leino’s reaction after practicing with his team.
I saw a hilarious post on facebook when it was reported that Leino was skating again – it labeled him as the savior of the season.
Lookout Here Comes Leino
Leino describes that part of the problem is the team needs to have higher demands and keeping each other accountable. Maybe the wine and roses of being one big happy family isn’t the answer to bringing a Stanley Cup to the organization that has spent 41 years and having really only three good runs at the cup.
A little dissention in the locker room might just be what the doctor ordered, and if Ville Leino is going to put Drew Stafford up against his locker because he hasn’t scored all year and wants answers, well I am inclined to hand the leadership of the team over to him. I am not saying he should be annointed the captain of the team, but what a move that would be.
He was signed by the Buffalo Sabres when the team knew they were out on the Richards signing – and if he is going to lead in that fashion and tell the team exactly what the problem is, maybe a shuffle of the leadership letters is in store. If new head coach Ron Rolston still wants the nice guy approach somewhat, your assistant captains can be Thomas Vanek and Jason Pominville.
If Leino wants to come back and be the fire and brimstone leader that the team most desperately needs, I am all for giving him a shot to captain this team. Drew Stafford can go from being a leader which hasn’t worked out all that well, and he can go back to being a four million dollar class clown, a role that he so much enjoys filling on this team.
Ok – so there is a little bit of sarcasm in hearing these comments from Ville Leino – and I know I am going to here it in the comments about wanting to make him the captain of the team, but at this point – why not?
Leino is close to returning to the ice for a regular shift after being sidelined in training camp with a hip injury.