Sabres agree with Ville Leino

Updated: July 2, 2011, 12:02 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The opportunity to sign Ville Leino was worth more to the Buffalo Sabres than risking a chance to enter the Brad Richards sweepstakes on the first day of the NHL's free-agency period Friday.

Canceling plans to take a run at Richards, the Sabres focused their attention on signing the dependable two-way forward to a six-year, $27-million contract with the average cap hit being $4.5 million annually, a source told ESPN.com.

General manager Darcy Regier was confident ...

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