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04-12-2013, 06:49 AM
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No reason to buy him out this summer.

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04-12-2013, 09:40 AM
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Weren't we warned by Flyers fans of his hip injury the summer we got him? This is pathetic.
Just a FYI. He is out right now with a rib injury.

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04-12-2013, 09:51 AM
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I don't see any reason to buy him out next year, unless there's some locker room issue. The guy needs to play though.

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04-12-2013, 10:16 AM
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First off, Leino isn't a BAD player. He's a 2nd line LWer who can score 50-60 pts. We stuck him in a 3rd/4th line role with no PP time last year. In his limited time this year, he was productive

8 GP, 2 G, 4 A.

He isn't a cancer. He's a guy we overpaid for, forced him to play out of position, when it didn't work out we banished him to scrub minutes and he wasn't happy.

Since we aren't going to be spending up to the cap next year and the amnesty buyout extends to next summer, there really isn't much reason to buy him out this year

Buy out this summer is 10 million
Buy out next summer is 7.33 million.

His salary for next year is 4 million

So, 10 million to buy him out next year and he's a free agent this summer

11.33 million (including his salary) to let him play next year and see if he can thrive in a role that we know he can play once he's healthy.

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04-12-2013, 10:18 AM
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No reason to buy him out. Wait and reevaluate after next season.

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04-12-2013, 11:48 AM
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I want Leino kept until the Sabres are back in the playoffs. If they can make a deep playoff push, I fully expect Leino's beard to be to his knees. I've seen bamboo grow slower.

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04-12-2013, 11:57 AM
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Leino won't get bought out this summer. If he has a bad season next year, probably re-evaluate the situation. It's also possible, that they find a taker in a trade. His actual salary is less than his caphit. There might be some takers that offer some picks or other struggling players with upside. Still better than a buyout.

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