After failing to make the Boston Bruins roster while on a camp invite, Ville Leino has reportedly signed in the KHL.
According to Sportnet’s Chris Johnston, Leino has signed with Medvescak Zagreb in the Russian league.
Leino was bought out of the final three years of his six-year, $27 million contract by the Buffalo Sabres in the summer.
The undrafted forward has appeared in 286 NHL games scoring 40 goals and 119 points with the Detroit Red Wings, Philadelphia Flyers and Buffalo Sabres.
Leino is no stranger to playing in Europe. Prior to joining the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins for the 2008-09 season, the 31-year-old spent six years playing professionally in Finland.
Boston Bruins 2014 first round pick David Pastrnak returned to practice Sunday.
Pastrnak suffered a shoulder injury early in training camp after taking a hit from defenseman Matt Bartkowski.
The 18-year-old, who was selected 25th overall in June, had an impressive showing early in camp and was working is way into contention for a roster spot prior to the injury.
On Sunday, Pastrnak skated on a line with forwards Ryan Spooner and Ville Leino.
However, following practice, Bruins coach Claude Julien said the rookie has not been cleared for contact as of yet, but the team would like to see him in game action before having to make a decision on where he’ll play this season.
Pastrnak had eight goals and 24 points in 36 games last season in the second-tier pro league in Sweden.
Julien also updated forward Gregory Campbell’s situation Sunday saying that the rugged forward is questionable for the team’s season opener Oct. 8.
Boston trimmed their camp roster by 11 players Sunday.
Buffalo Sabres GM Tim Murray is pulling out all the stops to make his mark.
TSN’s Bob McKenzie reports the Sabres will be using their second compliance buyout on defenseman Christian Ehrhoff.
Ehrhoff, 31, signed a 10-year, $40 million deal with Buffalo in 2011, the same summer they signed forward Ville Leino to a six-year, $27 million deal. The Sabres used their first compliance buyout on Leino on June 18.
Update (3:45 p.m. ET): Sabres make it official – they’ve used a compliance buyout on Ehrhoff.
While buying out Leino was expected, the Ehrhoff move came out of nowhere. Two seasons ago he was Buffalo’s top blue liner and defensive point producer. This past season he struggled a bit scoring six goals and adding 27 assists for a Sabres team that was worst in the league.
While Ehrhoff’s play was mostly fine, Ehrhoff was subject to the league’s cap recapture penalty if his career ended before the contract was up. That means the Sabres would’ve been punished against the salary cap in a big way if he was out of hockey before the 2020-21 season when the deal ended. CapGeek.com has different ways it could’ve broke down.
The buyout is a compliance buyout and his $4 million cap hit won’t be on the books, but the Sabres will be paying him $12 million until 2027-28.
Ehrhoff will now be free to be signed as a free agent on July 1 and he’ll have no shortage of suitors. He’s capable of running a power play and playing big minutes. He’ll compete with Pittsburgh’s Matt Niskanen for big free agent dollars.