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Ville Leino Support Thread: Day #6

Okay, Sabre Noise readers!

I just finished my little pep talk with Ville Leino, and I have to say, he’s in good spirits despite having the goal he scored Saturday waved off due to the net being dislodged just seconds before the puck crossed the red line.

If I were him, I’d be feeling a bit snake-bit by now – even the nets in the NHL hate him, apparently –  but he’s soldiering on and getting ready for this week’s slate of games as if he is actually earning his $4,500,000 salary this season.

Which, of course, he is not.  But I don’t tell him that to his face.

It always comes down to that salary, doesn’t it?  If Ville was paid what he truly was worth, he would be just another so-so player on a really, really so-so team.  I mean, it’s not like he is the lowest points-scorer on the team; sure, he only has five points in 20 games, but that projects to nearly 8 if he had played in 30, which would put him right up there with Tyler Myers and Marcus Foligno, and ahead of Steve Ott.  Spectacular?  No.  But not the worst on the team.

So it all comes down to that damn contract that Leino signed.  What was the caption on the picture Travis, our social media manager here at Sabre Noise, put up on Facebook the other day?  Oh yeah: “I make $27 million, but I don’t fully realize my job description.”  Har har.  Like it’s Leino’s fault Darcy Regier severely over-valued his play as a member of the Philadelphia Flyers.  I bet all of you out there would accept a pay raise you knew you weren’t worth if your boss was dumb enough to offer it to you, too.

It is what it is – Ville understands he is going to be the target of a lot of fan dissension because of the dollar amount hovering over his head, but he seems to be pretty even-keeled about it.  He seems pretty confident that he’s going to pot one this week, and once the first one goes in, he expects to see a dam-breaking effect, which would be nice for a team that scores less times during a game than I go to the bathroom.  Hang in  there, Ville!


Tags: Buffalo Sabres Ville Leino

  • Dano

    Hey Rich..

    I hope to have the pond up sometime this week. Just scraped part of the surface today! ( yep, ice is strong! ) Should have the posts drilled and the nets mounted by weeks end!

    I was wondering if you could ask Leino to come join us. We could definitely help Buffalos play as a team by taking Leino under our wings.. and putting him on LTIR! ;) I dont think it would take much to do so. :D

    • Richard Spalding

      Ha ha ha! I’ll ask him, but you know, I think he’s trying to stay healthy, and he seems to think Buffalo is better off with him out there, so we’ll see! ;)

      • Dano


        I swear, Im gonna go emo reading all these support threads for Leino. Then again, I would miss them if you stopped posting them as its the closest thing to slap-stick comedy I have read in years!

        • Richard Spalding

          As I keep telling Ville, “Laughter is the best medicine.”

  • Caitlin Campbell

    Yeah that picture was my doing! and it was pretty awesome if I do say so myself ;)

    • Richard Spalding

      So it was you!!! Treachery!

  • qwicwted

    You know I’m not really ready to close the door on Leino or write him off just yet. Unfortunately for Leino he has had more than his fair share of injuries since signing his “big deal”. To me Leino is “Buffalo Bit” – a victim of playing for a Buffalo Team. We’ve seen glimpses of his talent and we do know it exists – he has the potential to make things happen, he plays well in the corners and along the boards and he is not afraid to go in front of the net. I also think he’s pressing, like so many of the Sabres and once he gets a goal, others will start to come. I’m not saying that he should be exempt from being traded as I think most of the Sabres should be available – but I think he needs to play. I understand Ted wants to Roll 4 lines, but we need to showcase our “trade bait” and playing Scott and McCormick just isn’t gonna get it. By the way – it is a great picture!

  • Dan

    To the point, Ville Leino is horrible and his lack of production was predictable. He has never scored 20 goals in his career and has only scored more than 5 once before coming to Buffalo. In 2009-2010 while playing with Detroit in 42 games he scored a mighty 4 goals and was minus 10 on top tier team. They subsequently ran him out of Motown and he landed in Phili where he had the great fortune of playing with Danny Briere and Scott Hartnell for a single season; his only full season in the NHL. Heck I could score 19 goals playing with those two at the height of there careers. He is a washed up 30 year old and has nothing to offer any contender in the league even if Buffalo was willing eat a large percentage of his salary. Without doubt he will be bought out at the conclusion of the season. Thank God.

    • Richard Spalding

      Congratulations, Dan! You just made Ville cry! ;)

  • Jes

    Myers is a defenseman so you can’t compare the two. I’m just hoping he doesn’t get injured again before the season ends then we can’t buy him out in the offseason. I honestly thought he was going to be a huge contributor to the Sabres when he signed but he’s proven me wrong. Only good all around game he had I think was against the Canucks, year before lockout?