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07:39 AM ET 01.21 | To date, Ville Leino has zero goals in 30 games, which is no great surprise considering how often he's shooting the puck -- or not shooting it. He takes less than one shot per outing. He seems uninterested some nights. Add it all up and it results in a fourth-line role and a spot in Ted Nolan's doghouse. Leino skated at center today with left wing John Scott and right wing Matt Ellis. He'll likely be there Tuesday when the Sabres host Florida. "We're looking for people that want to compete and want to work," Nolan said in First Niagara Center. "It doesn't matter what your skill level is. It's nothing with no will. We have to get him competing at a certain level. Some days he shows it. Some days he doesn't. You're frustrated with most people that don't do it on a consistent basis. He's showed some signs lately."

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January 21, 2014  08:43 AM ET

I bet there are tons of guys in the AHL that would run through the boards for the chance to play. I'd take a little skill / talent with 100% effort any day. Apparently that's not Leino.

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January 21, 2014  09:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Ville ever give the effort?

not sure, but I'm going to lei-no

January 21, 2014  09:35 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I bet there are tons of guys in the AHL that would run through the boards for the chance to play. I'd take a little skill / talent with 100% effort any day. Apparently that's not Leino.

Absolutely right!

January 21, 2014  09:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Ville ever give the effort?

Or von't he?

January 21, 2014  09:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Not sure why he wasn't bought out last summer. He will be this one.

I thought he was bring replaced by Jimmy Fallon after the Olympics.

January 21, 2014  09:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

I thought he was bring replaced by Jimmy Fallon after the Olympics.

bring = being

:(

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January 21, 2014  10:36 AM ET

Send him back to Savonlinna, where he was the official blade sharpener.

January 21, 2014  10:39 AM ET

okay, i don't want to be mean here, but how bad do you have to be to be in the doghouse on The Sabres/

January 21, 2014  11:57 AM ET
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okay, i don't want to be mean here, but how bad do you have to be to be in the doghouse on The Sabres/Flyers/Wings

fixed

January 21, 2014  12:46 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

okay, i don't want to be mean here, but how bad do you have to be to be in the doghouse on The Sabres/

$4.5 million and he has no goals, 6 assists and is a minus 8 in 30 games. I'd put him in the lower level of the outhouse.

January 21, 2014  02:03 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

fixed

Flyers have been good lately....

January 21, 2014  02:03 PM ET
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$4.5 million and he has no goals, 6 assists and is a minus 8 in 30 games. I'd put him in the lower level of the outhouse.

dangling right above the blue water

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January 22, 2014  05:59 AM ET
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$4.5 million and he has no goals, 6 assists and is a minus 8 in 30 games. I'd put him in the lower level of the outhouse.

Goes to show what one good playoff can do for ya.

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