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Buffalo Sabres Make Roster Moves


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.

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  • chas territo

    This is a copy and paste from a reply to Sabre Noise.

    My thought on Grigorenko refusing to report to Quebec is an example of a
    boy becoming a man. Growth in his personal life is more important than
    Hockey. Being a man and making adult decisions helps him more than
    playing Hockey. I hope that fans can understand how tough it is to grow
    up in today’s society if you are foreign born and have nothing but
    sycophants advising you in matters of trust?? Will this lead to him
    becoming an NHL player? Maybe, maybe not, but it will lead to him making
    his decision on what his life will become. That’s all I have to offer.

  • davidmuscalo

    I personally feel that Grigo belongs in the KHL where the demands for consistency and dedication to excellence are not as high as in the NHL. Perhaps after one or two years in the KHL, he could come back and play in the AHL and then, if and when he demonstrates that he has the attitude and skill necessary to play in the NHL, he could get another shot at playing in Buffalo or elsewhere in the league.

  • qwicwted

    Get rid of him – trade him for Briere or Kadri. At least trade him for someone who wants to play and work hard.