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.