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Grigorenko makes case for refusing to report to QMJHL

Jan 12, 2014, 10:31 AM EDT

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After getting limited playing time with the Buffalo Sabres in 2013-14, the team finally decided to return 19-year-old forward Mikhail Grigorenko to the QMJHL Quebec Remparts. The only problem is he hasn’t reported for duty.

The obvious question is what happens now. Grigorenko isn’t eligible to play in the AHL yet and the Sabres would presumably like to avoid seeing one of their top prospects head to the KHL.

For his part, Grigorenko made his case by posting on a Facebook account the Buffalo News has verified to be his. He later deleted his message, but this being the internet, it still exists.

In his post, Grigorenko apologized for the situation and reaffirmed that he is proud that Buffalo took him with the 12th overall pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

“We just need to find a place for me where i can develop and be the best hockey player I can be,” Grigorenko wrote.

He went on to say that he’s thinking about his career and asked for patience while he does so.

  1. joey4id - Jan 12, 2014 at 10:38 AM

    Now there’s an immature way of communicating your intentions. Kids and social media….

    • withseidelinn - Jan 12, 2014 at 11:09 AM

      Even though it was Facebook he stated his thoughts well. Can’t blame him for trying to avoid making this a big issue.

      • joey4id - Jan 12, 2014 at 11:13 AM

        He made it a BIG issue the moment he decided not to report to the junior team.

    • elvispocomo - Jan 12, 2014 at 4:17 PM

      Could be worse, like adults and social media (Thomas, I’m looking at you).

  2. cjnbsc - Jan 12, 2014 at 10:41 AM

    I remember there being a lot of chatter that this guy would be the big C the Habs took at #3 that year. Thank god they went with Galchenyuk.

  3. teddibare - Jan 12, 2014 at 11:07 AM

    Grigs, finish the season in the Q and trust the Sabres. You’ll be in a much better position come fall. If your goal is the NHL this is a time to be humble. Too much to loose and too little to gain to do otherwise now. Your agent should be telling you this, if not talk to some veterans. Call Ovi.

  4. bcisleman - Jan 12, 2014 at 11:33 AM

    PFs are notoriously slow to develop. Sabres would’ve been better off giving him his 9 game Cups of joe this year and last and sending him down. Presumably it was the fear of him bailing to the KHL that kept them from doing that…and led other teams to pass on himat the draft.

  5. houseof666 - Jan 12, 2014 at 11:59 AM

    This really annoys me. you are a rookie who hasn’t performed to expectations. Go play In the khl so we can be done with you!

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