Tim Murray is wasting no time in making moves for the Buffalo Sabres. With Ville Leino and Cody Hodgson ready to be reinserted back into the lineup – the rookie’s must make room for veteran players.
Johan Larsson and defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen have been returned to the American Hockey League and the Rochester Americans.
Not major moves – -but making room for veteran players who should be on the ice when healthy.
Brayden McNabb has been recalled from the Americans and will rejoin the Buffalo Sabres.
Along with the worst team in the National Hockey League, Murray inherits more than just a bad problem on the ice. He also has to deal with the fact that the Buffalo Sabres have absolutely mishandled the contract of Mikhail Grigorenko.
After a successful World Juniors campaign – the Buffalo Sabres have decided to send the young Russian forward back to the Quebec Remparts for the remainder of the season. Year two of his entry level contract successfully burned by the Buffalo Sabres.
Will their first round draft pick from the 2012 find a permanent spot with the Buffalo Sabres or will he be looking at the end of his entry level deal as a way out of Buffalo? Will he continue to stay in North America and play with nothing left to prove at the QMJHL level?
Grigorenko is easily one player I could see easily jumping to the KHL where playing time might be in his best interest, unable to play in the American Hockey League.
Should the Buffalo Sabres be entertaining thoughts of retaining his rights and letting him play in the KHL? Will his skill set be worth the wait when the Buffalo Sabres have a good team for him to play on? Just seems that there are more questions than answers when it comes to Mikhail Grigorenko, and the Buffalo Sabres might want to give up on a failed first round pick from a former regime.