Buffalo Sabres new president of hockey operations Pat LaFontaine announced today that the Sabres would be sending four players out of the NHL. The list of players hanging up their blue jersey consists of Mikhail Grigorenko, Rasmus Ristolainen, Johan Larsson, and Nikita Zadorov. Only three of these players are being sent to Rochester. Zadorov is going back to the OHL to play for the London Knights. Zadorov’s tweet explains it all.
Back to London….
— Nikita Zadorov (@zadorov61) November 19, 2013
New coach Ted Nolan said on Monday that he had a team that had too many young players on the roster. Mr. Nolan seems to be the kind of guy who likes to have a veteran squad rather than a fresh-faced squad. Three of these players are teenagers. The fourth teenager on his team is Zemgus Girgensons. The struggling Sabres have been held to a terrible 5-16-1 record in their first 22 games of the season. Hopefully this move will help the Sabres get off to a winning streak.
The Sabres also brought Mike Weber off of injured reserve. He has been out since October 25 with a thumb injury. He had put a tweet out through the Buffalo Sabres official Twitter at 11 a.m. Tuesday.
“I’m excited to get back out there … Now it’s all about earning it, earning your ice time, earning everything you get.” -Weber #Sabres
— Buffalo Sabres (@BuffaloSabres) November 19, 2013
The Sabres haven’t had any luck this season. Maybe they will be able to change their season around with this big move. Only time will tell if this pays off, and it will take quite a bit of time. I feel for the fans of the Buffalo Sabres who are trying to stick through this season following their beloved team into a ditch. I hope they will be able to enjoy the rest of their season with the new changes.