For Buffalo Sabres fans, the future is now. There should be no more planning, no more hoping for tomorrow.
Which is why many are hopeful that Mikhail Grigorenko stays in Buffalo and does not return back to the Quebec Ramparts.
Buffalo has proven they need help, and are dangerously thin at the pivot position.
Grigorenko skated at practice today – although they may have just not pulled the trigger yet. They could keep the kid sidelined until they make a decision, which could come after the Toronto game, so long as Mikhail doesn’t play.
Grigorenko hasn’t been terrible. He was invisible for some time during the first couple of games, but the more ice time he was given, the more he started the wake his game up.
The fact that Lindy Ruff had him on a line with John Scott is another story – and is actual more fuel to get rid of Lindy Ruff than to send Mikhail Grigorenko back to the minors.
There are pros to sending Grigs back to the minors, he has a great shot at the Memorial Cup this year if he goes back. He has an even better shot at a QMJHL scoring title. For the Buffalo Sabres – they get him for three full seasons on his entry level deal as opposed to 2.6 seasons.
It’s a good sign that Grigs is still in Buffalo – we shall see how the drama plays out over the course of the next day and a half.