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BUFFALO, N.Y.- Sabres forward Ville Leino has cleared waivers, allowing the Sabres to use a compliance buyout of the final 3 years of his 6 year contract.

Leino signed with the Sabres in the summer of 2011 for $27 million. For that price, he racked up 10 goals in three seasons with the blue and gold.

Under the terms of the buy-out, the Sabres will still pay Leino two-thirds of the remaining $11 million, but it will not count against the salary cap.

Sabres General Manager Tim Murray said that several things led to the decision to cut ties with Leino. He said the salary length was one, Leino's game speed, the fact that he saw no "fall-back game" (the ability to be an effective two-way player when the points tailed off), but most of all it was the lack of offensive production.

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