Healthy offseason changes everything for Leino
For the first time in three summers, Ville Leino had time and health on his side. It allowed him to work out, shed pounds and forget about a lost season.
He hopes the efforts won't go to waste because of a lockout.
Leino is among the legions of NHL players who spent the summer preparing for a season that may not come. The Buffalo Sabres' forward will spend the next week hoping the league and players' association can agree on a new collective bargaining agreement before the current one expires Sept. 15.