Ville Leino Signs Massive Six Year, $27 Million Contract With Buffalo Sabres

Ville Leino signed a six year, $27 million contract with the Buffalo Sabres on Friday as Terry Pegula continues to prove that he'll pay up anything to win.

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Ville Leino Gets Paid, Signs Six Year Deal With Buffalo Sabres

Everybody is getting paid this free agent year, and Ville Leino is no different. After failing to agree to terms on a four year, $12 million offer from the Philadelphia Flyers, Leino jumped out of the free agent plane and came down with a huge six year, $27 million from the Buffalo Sabres.

Leino, the 27-year old native of Finland, was toiling away in obscurity back in the 2009-10 season with the Detroit Red Wings. A late season trade brought him to the Philadelphia Flyers, and on a line with Danny Briere and Scott Hartnell, Leino turned into a hero in Philly's run to the Stanley Cup Final.

The same chemistry with those two linemates wasn't really there in the 2010-11 season, but Leino still managed to put up 19 goals and 34 assists in 81 games with the Flyers this past regular season. Flyers fans learned that he's quite the one-dimensional player, as he started over 60 percent of his shifts in the offensive end of the ice, unable to be trusted with defensive zone minutes. 

That's why the money seems so high. Leino can score and has some of the best hands in the game, but that's all he can do. Will it be worth it to the Sabres? It seems like any price is worth it to new owner Terry Pegula. 

For more on the Sabres, check in with Die By The Blade.


Ville Leino To Hit Free Agent Market After Failing To Reach Contract With Philadelphia Flyers

Ville Leino will test the free agent market.

According to the Philadelphia Daily News, the Philadelphia Flyers offered the soon-to-be free agent forward a four year, $12 million contract and that was their best offer. Leino, quite simply, believes he deserves more than that and will likely get it on the free agent market.

It's definitely possible that, after seeing what's out there, Leino returns to Philadelphia after not getting more than the Flyers offered him, but with the offensive tools that Leino possesses, you have to assume that some team (perhaps one closer to the salary floor) will pay him more than that and that the Finn will take the money.

For the Flyers, it's about the need for defensive forwards. There's a lot of nostalgia among Flyers fans for Leino's surge during the 2010 postseason, but when push comes to shove, he's one of the most sheltered forwards in terms of defensive zone time in the NHL. After trading defensively responsible forwards Jeff Carter and Mike Richards, the Flyers are better off allocating that money to a player that can play at both ends of the ice. 

For more on Leino's old team, check in with Broad Street Hockey.

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