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08-26-2013, 09:28 AM
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Originally Posted by Jacob582 View Post
I agree.

We've heard very little (no?) update on his rehab this summer. I wonder if he is on track to start training camp.
It somewhat reminds me of the spine surgery Gerbe had last year. We heard next to nothing about it until the lockout ended and camps started up.

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08-26-2013, 10:01 AM
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If he is part of the soft-minute/o-zone starting line with Grigorenko, there will certainly be opportunity. 40-ish points would be a very good season and on par with both what they were expecting from him and what his contract figures are.

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Spoke to Ville Leino this morning ... Recovered, ready for season and almost back to normal after offseason hip surgery. #Sabres

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Leino sounded very upbeat about Ron Rolston in a recent interview in Finland. Apparently he's had good discussions with Rolston and he said he's in agreement with Rolston as to how they see the game.

Leino also said he'd prefer to play wing because it allows him to play in the corners more. He said his preferred position would be right wing to make the most use of his playmaking but he's obviously ready to play wherever the coach wants.

With regard to Ruff, it seems Leino was disappointed that Ruff always went back to his favorites under pressure and that it never really went the way he expected based on what was planned the summer he signed. He didn't say it directly, but my interpretation is that he was referring to PP time as Leino was the 11th forward in PP time per game that year.

In any case, he sounds really excited about being over his injuries and getting to play some hockey again.

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