Bruins release Ville Leino from tryout deal – CBSSports.com
Ville Leino was released from his tryout contract with the Bruins. (USATSI)
The Boston Bruins‘ experiment with NHL veteran forward Ville Leino is over. Leino, who was bought out by the Buffalo Sabres in the offseason, was released from his tryout contract by the club per general manager Peter Chiarelli.
Considering the Bruins finally managed to re-sign restricted free agents Torey Krug and Reilly Smith, there wasn’t much room for a reclamation project such as Leino. That said, comeback candidate Simon Gagne remains with the team on a tryout basis.
Leino, who was signed to a widely-panned six year, $27 million contract by the Sabres ahead of the 2011-12 season, may find himself in a tough situation when it comes to getting back into the NHL.
Over three injury riddled seasons in Buffalo, Leino never came close to living up to the deal he was signed to after one remarkable season with the Philadelphia Flyers in 2010-11, which came on the heels of an unexpectedly spectacular performance in the 2010 Stanley Cup playoffs.
During the Flyers’ run to the 2010 Stanley Cup Final, Leino had 21 points in 19 games. The following year, he had a career-best 53 points in 81 games and earned himself the big deal from the Sabres. That contract has now been viewed as a big part of the beginning of the end for Buffalo, which is in the process of a complete rebuild.
Leino appeared in just 58 games last season and did not score a goal during that span. He did have 15 assists, though. With a line like that, getting back into the NHL this season is going to be a tall order.
In 286 NHL games, which also included a stop with the Detroit Red Wings, Leino had 119 points. At 31 …read more