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Sabres send Grigorenko back to junior

Mar 15, 2013, 3:53 PM EDT

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The Buffalo Sabres have sent 18-year-old forward Mikhail Grigorenko back to junior (Quebec, QMJHL), the club announced today.

Grigorenko had one goal and four assists in 22 games with Buffalo. Since he played more than five games in the NHL, the first year of his three-year, entry-level contract will not be delayed. (Or, in more dramatic terms, it will have been “burned.”)

The Sabres had originally intended to keep Grigorenko the entire season, but the pending return of forward Ville Leino (expected to make his season debut tomorrow versus Ottawa) — not to mention the fact Grigorenko played just 4:51 in Tuesday’s 3-1 victory over the Rangers and had been used sparingly under interim head coach Ron Rolston — apparently changed their minds.

The news is at least good for Remparts fans, as playoffs in the Q start soon. Grigorenko had 50 points in 32 games for Quebec during the NHL lockout.

  1. ihatethejets23 - Mar 15, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    And Jochen Hecht remains on the roster? Fire Darcy immediately!

    • aaronrexroot - Mar 15, 2013 at 4:18 PM

      Hecht would be better off traded. While I do think Darcy will go, it won’t be until after free agency most likely. With the playoffs going until late June, and the draft and free agency period right after that, the Sabres won’t fire him until they have someone to replace him. And they don’t have anyone in the system who can take over realistically. They won’t add someone without a reasonable background so my bet is they stick with him until an acceptable replacement is available. Perhaps this will even let him set the team straight. Regier knows his job is in peril, expect trades and possibly even a complete overhaul come deadline and in the summer.

      • steiner444 - Mar 15, 2013 at 4:59 PM

        Nobody is going trade for Jochen Hecht. He’s terrible. The only reason he’s on the team is because of Lindy’s love affair with him. And don’t tell me, “well, he’s a great penalty killer.” Big deal. The Sabres have plenty of good penalty killers. Penalty killers are easy to come by.

    • bagjr387 - Mar 15, 2013 at 4:22 PM

      I like Hecht on the 4th line….But he gets too much ice time and isn’t the same offensive threat he used to be, and is to worried about getting his 4,798th concussion. he avoids the corners in the offensive zone, and should only be kept for his defensive play(which is very solid)

    • esracerx46 - Mar 15, 2013 at 6:46 PM

      Could care less what they do with Hecht. My issue is that like in baseball, you have accelerated his earning potential. Good for the player, not so much for the Sabres. You have lost a year of control of a core player of your future. This oversight of your future is grounds for dismissal. Hecht isnt part of that future. Have to think long term if youre Buffalo

  2. bagjr387 - Mar 15, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    I am not sure what else Grigorenko can accomplish in the minors…I think he should stay and learn. If he makes mistakes, its OK, because the team isn’t going anywhere this year anyway.

    let him learn???

    • desertfan - Mar 15, 2013 at 4:59 PM

      They are not sending him to the minors- not allowed as he is under 20.

      He is being sent back to Junior.

      • bagjr387 - Mar 15, 2013 at 5:01 PM

        thats what i meant…stupid me….if he could join rochester, id be happier..

    • steiner444 - Mar 15, 2013 at 5:00 PM

      They don’t play him and would rather give icetime to losers like Drew Stafford and Jochen Hecht. The Sabres have never handled young talent well and do their best to morph talented players into defensive 15-20 goal scorers.

    • TestSubjekt - Mar 16, 2013 at 6:49 AM

      He’s not “NHL ready” in the minds of Darcy and co. That’s why he got benched after some games. They were willing to burn a year to acclimate him to the NHL and Sabres style.

  3. buffalomafia - Mar 15, 2013 at 4:17 PM

    They should send half of the F’n team down there including GM & owner!!!!!!!

  4. capsfan19 - Mar 15, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    What the hecht?!? Sorry… Had to

  5. thedavesiknowiknow - Mar 15, 2013 at 5:52 PM

    He might as well bring his coach back with him next year. The Ruff clone Ruff got fired for is good for a laugh or two, that’s about it.

  6. 19to77 - Mar 15, 2013 at 6:25 PM

    How is that going to benefit him more than playing at the NHL level for longer? Every game is useful experience, even if it’s a loss and even if his ice time isn’t stellar. Besides, does he really deserve less time than Hecht?

  7. iownyou2 - Mar 15, 2013 at 6:30 PM

    this move should have been done 5 games into the season. The kid wasnt ready, I see it as a desperation move by Lindy to hope he starred but didnt pan out. I look forward to seeing him next year after a full training camp and preseason.

  8. kgun80 - Mar 15, 2013 at 7:46 PM

    They never gave him a chance. They played him with Foligno once.. Otherwise he was stuck with Hecht, Gerbe, Kaleta… This is what the Sabres have done for years!! Screw up young talented players. Darcy won’t blow things up because that means he completely failed!!

  9. pftbillsfan - Mar 16, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    He never got a chance to prove he was NHL ready. One game with actual skill players and he scored. Other than that he has been forced to play on a grinder line with terrible players. Meanwhile Stafford continues to go under the radar as the worst player on this team, it’s such a terrible joke.

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