Buffalo Sabres forward Ville Leino cleared waivers Wednesday and the team has used one of their two compliance buyouts on him, according to multiple reports.
Leino, 30, had three years remaining on a six-year, $27 million contract he signed prior to the 2011-12 season. The annual average value of the remaining contract is $4.5 million per season.
Leino signed the contract after he set career highs with 19 goals and 53 points for the Philadelphia Flyers in 2011-12. He did not have a goal in 58 games this season and had 15 assists. Leino has 10 goals and 46 points in 137 games with the Sabres.