KHL club Dynamo Riga has had Ville Leino released from his contract with the club, they announced on Tuesday. Leino, a former 50-point scorer, has not played in the NHL since the 2013-14 season.
Leino put up just three goals and nine assists through 39 games this season, his first with Riga. With the release, he sees the end of a a contract with his fourth team in the last three seasons.
Leino famously had a breakout year with the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2010-11 season, scoring 19 goals and 53 points. That prompted the Buffalo Sabres to give Leino a six-year contract with an AAV of $4.5 million.
He immediately started to decline and was bought out in the summer of 2014 after posting no goals and 15 assists through 58 games for the Sabres in the 2013-14 season.
Last season he played a handful of games for the Kloten Flyers in the Swiss NLA, as well as grabbing 28 games with Medvescak Zagreb in the KHL. In the KHL he scored seven goals and 15 assists through 28 games.
No new contract with another club has been announced at this time.
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