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Sabres put Stafford on IR, Grigorenko in limbo

Jan 9, 2014, 1:50 PM EDT

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The Sabres added another name to injured reserve on Thursday, putting forward Drew Stafford on with an upper-body ailment. The move means Buffalo now has five players on IR — Stafford, Cody Hodgson, Henrik Tallinder, Cody McCormick and Kevin Porter.

But even with that large number of players unavailable for selection, Mikhail Grigorenko won’t draw back into the lineup.

Grigorenko, fresh off leading Russia in scoring at the World Juniors, is back in Buffalo but will skip tonight’s game against Florida as the club continues to mull over its options.

Head coach Ted Nolan alluded to the possibility of returning Grigorenko to junior, but that’s a confusing situation. Grigorenko’s QMJHL team, the Quebec Remparts, failed to deal him at Tuesday’s trade deadline and can’t bring him aboard because they’re already at the two-import player maximum.

“He’s coming back here initially,” Nolan said, per WGR 550 Buffalo. “He’s coming here for Pat and I to discuss and we’ll make that decision when he gets here.

“It’s what Patty and I will be discussing, but we’re leaning that way [returning Grigorenko to junior], yes.”

  1. stonebullet - Jan 9, 2014 at 2:07 PM

    This is really a sad story and situation LaFontaine and the new crew inherited. What bad mess made prior to the change.

  2. pi2000 - Jan 9, 2014 at 2:18 PM

    Just let him play. Sure he’s not ready yet, but it’s better for him long term than not playing at all, then send him to Rochester when his junior team’s season ends.

  3. pfschenk - Jan 9, 2014 at 3:46 PM

    Give him an honest chance. He has only been given limited ice time on the 3rd and 4th lines. If it doesnt work out, send him to rochester as soon as he is eligeble.

  4. leninthebuff - Jan 10, 2014 at 7:17 AM

    It’s not like we have so many great players on this team that there isn’t room for him…there are at least 3 lines of scrubs on this team…let him play 2nd line center and coach him WHAT DO WE HAVE TO LOSE…can’t get any lower.

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