After Ville Leino was made a healthy scratch for the Buffalo Sabres match on Tuesday night, there was a lot of debate regarding Leino on Wednesday. The biggest question is whether or not the Buffalo Sabres will use a compliance buy-out on Ville Leino and the better question, can they afford to buy-out Leino?
It’s pretty safe to say that at this point in time, Leino has been a disappointment throughout his time with the Buffalo Sabres. He has
just 10 games in just under 100 games with the blue and gold, clearly not what the Sabres or their fans were expecting out of Leino.
Ted Nolan had seen enough out of Leino and decided it was time to give the man a little bit of a wake-up call by allowing him a night in the press box to watch the game from a different angle. The move left many questioning whether this is the beginning of the end for Ville Leino in Buffalo.
Then Tim, wrote a great article talking about how the Buffalo Sabres might not be able to afford buying out Leino. Now it’s not that the Sabres don’t have the room under the cap to buy him out, it’s that with the cap going up next season they need his salary to help them reach the cap floor.
With the possibility of losing Ryan Miller, Matt Moulson and Ville Leino, the Buffalo Sabres will be hard pressed to reach the cap floor next season when the cap reaches $71 million. The Sabres may just have to bite the bullet with Leino and his contract as they hope he can re-find his game from 2010, his career year which saw him put up 53 points.
So whether you think the Sabres will need to bite the bullet on Leino or are a member of the Ville Leino support group, we want to know what your thoughts are on a potential Ville Leino buy-out. Would you support the move? Or do you feel that Ville Leino still has more to show the Sabres?
Vote in the poll below and then sound off in the comments.