Is it time to bring back the Ville Leino support thread? It might be time to bring back a daily support thread until Leino scores his first goal of the season – even if its in a satirical role.
“Hi, my name is Tim Redinger, and I am a Sabres Fan.”
“I don’t understand how Ville Leino is still in the National Hockey Leauge, collecting a paycheck – while doing very little to support even the motivated effort the Buffalo Sabres are passing off as hockey this year.”
That is just about how the conversation would start if I had to join a Buffalo Sabres Fan Anonymous group. Don’t get me wrong, I am not championing for Ville Leino at all, but think the Buffalo Sabres are stuck between a rock and a hard place, needing the Leino salary to meet the demands of the floor in the coming season. Could Leino though be very well playing out what could be the last days he sees in a Buffalo Sabres sweater?
But when will the madness end with the once highly touted free agent? After being a healthy scratch, and largely invisible when he is on the ice at all – Ville Leino skated for just twelve minutes and one second tonight, with no time short handed, and 1:50 seconds on the power play.
There is plenty of blame to go around for the poor hockey in Buffalo these days, but according to Leino – he is being mislabeled as the only one being held responsible for poor play.
“I’m sure it weighs on me, too, but obviously there are a lot of other guys on the team, too, that haven’t been able to really help that much either,” he said to the Buffalo News.
Leino did very little in his time on the ice tonight to prove he was making an attempt at fixing what is wrong with his game. He had just won shot on net tonight.
Ville Leino is ninth on the team in scoring, with all 12 of his points coming in the form of assists. As the second highest paid player on the Buffalo Sabres, production should be a lot higher.