Sabres waive Leino

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – The Buffalo Sabres placed forward Ville Leino on waivers Tuesday, with the team expected to buy him out once he clears the waiver wire on Wednesday.

Earlier this offseason, Sabres GM Tim Murray said he would consider using one of the team’s compliance buyouts on Leino, who was halfway through a six-year, $27 million contract. Leino’s agent, Markus Lehto, told News 4 Sports Director Steve Vesey, the news was expected, and Leino is already looking toward the future.

“Ville’s top priority is to continue to play in the NHL. He is totally healthy and training hard and will be prepared for the new challenge,” said Lehto.

In 137 games with Buffalo over the last three seasons, Leino scored just ten goals – including zero in 58 games this year.

Leino is expected to clear waivers tomorrow. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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