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Briere 'very, very surprised' by Leino's struggles with Sabres

PHILADELPHIA -- Just minutes after Ville Leino signed a six-year deal with the Sabres last summer, Danny Briere said by phone that the forward should excel in Buffalo. Briere, who was Leino's linemate with Philadephia for two seasons, is as shocked as anyone that Leino has just four goals and 15 points in 45 games.

"I’m very, very surprised with that, especially with the amount of offensive guys they have on that team," Briere said after the Flyers' morning skate in Wells Fargo Center. "I thought it would have clicked with a few of their players at least. I always felt that myself and Ville were kind of on the same page as far as the way we saw the game offensively when we were on the ice. I know when I was in Buffalo I had some great years as well playing with [Jason] Pominville and Jochen Hecht, so I thought for sure at least those two guys would click well with him.

"But chemistry is a funny thing. You just never know, and you never know from year to year just how things are going to come back. It’s one of those things you can’t take for granted. It was fun for the past two years playing with him, but at some point you have to move on. I still wish him the best and hope things turn around for him."

The Flyers host the Sabres tonight. Ilya Bryzgalov will be in net for Philadelphia after missing three games with the flu. Jaromir Jagr, who is also battling the flu, did not take part in the morning skate.

---John Vogl

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John Vogl

John Vogl

John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

@BuffNewsVogl | jvogl@buffnews.com

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