The Buffalo Sabres have announced that Mikhail Grigorenko will stay in Buffalo. As reported earlier this morning on TMMotS; the Sabres wanted to assign Grigorenko to Rochester for a two-week conditioning assignment. However, the NHL said no.
This may not be what’s best for the kid, but both the Sabres and Grigorenko are stuck in no-man’s land here. This is year two of Mikhail’s three-year contract. The Sabres burned the first year of the deal last season.
Basically the NHL is saying that Grigorenko does not have general body soreness, and that the Sabres were trying to get around the CBA,
Article 13.8 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the Commissioner’s office “may take whatever steps he deems necessary to investigate the circumstances under which a Player is loaned on a Conditioning Loan.” Pro Hockey Talk
It appears that the Sabres could not send Grigorenko back the Quebec Remparts. The Remparts already have”imports “on the roster, and are not allowed more than two at a time… The Remparts would have to make a trade, or sending either one of the two imports or Grigorenko to another team in the QMJHL.
The Sabres don’t want to keep Grigorenko right now. Look for Quebec to make a trade at some point; allowing the Sabres to move Mikhail back to the Q at some point.
Grigorenko’s NHL Bio
Drafted 12th over all in 2012
6’3″ 209 lbs.
Games Played: 40
+/-: Minus 3