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Ville Leino may very well be the reason the Buffalo Sabres didn't make it past the first round in 2011.
With a 3-2 series lead and needing just one overtime goal to move on, the Sabres couldn't beat the Flyers. Philadelphia's overtime hero was none other than Leino.
Leino's average salary of $4,500,000 was too much for the Flyers, and the 27-year-old winger who has scored 30 career goals went to Buffalo.
Leino is a skilled puck-handler who has a strong preference to set up plays.
Unfortunately, this inclination to pass the puck is occasionally counterproductive; he produces turnovers by trying to make plays that don't work, and often times lets good shooting opportunities pass by him.
If Leino starts shooting the puck more and is more selective about how he produces plays, he may add to his career high of 53 points last season.
If Leino can't find a way to make it work without Danny Briere on his line, the Sabres might be wasting $27 million.