When you are one of the worst teams in the NHL all you can do is make changes. The Buffalo Sabres have done just that. The front office is changed, and so has the roster. Mikhail Grigerenko and Tyler Myers may be at the forefront of the changes.
The Sabres tried to bend the rules a little by attempting to send Grigerenko to the Rochester Americans of the AHL, but the NHL said no. Grigerenko is only 19-years-old one year shy of the allowed age for the AHL. He is way too good for juniors, and sadly he is not good enough for the NHL. Worst of all, he never was. It would seem that he will be returned to the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League for the second year in a row. Most likely next season Grigerenko will be in Rochester, but for now to save his young career he should go back to the Q.
Tyler Myers is a big kid, and so far other than one year he has been a big disappointment. The 23-year-old still has a ton of talent, but he has been unable to rediscover his rookie of the year form. Myers is locked up through 2018-2019 at a cap hit of $5.5 million a year. The front office changes may help keep Myers in Buffalo, but it is unclear for how long.
If it’s something where we’ve tried everything to give him that environment [yet fails], then maybe a change is what is needed.” That said, Lafontaine stressed Myers will be given time under the new regime. Pat LaFontaine via Pro Hockey Talk
Like I’ve said before every player is on notice, and LaFontaine and new head coach Ted Nolan are making it clear that they will make whatever moves they need to right this sinking ship.
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