By John Vogl
Ville Leino has no goals in 30 games. 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."
Leino continues to provide evidence he may be the worst free-agent signing in NHL history. In the third season of his six-year, $27 million deal, Leino has no goals, six assists and a minus-8 rating in 30 games. He has taken just 22 shots, which ranks 575th in the league. He has no points in the last eight outings.