Oct 5, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Buffalo Sabres center Mikhail Grigorenko (25) shoots during the pre-game before playing the Pittsburgh Penguins at the CONSOL Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Mikhail Grigorenko Headed Back To Quebec

Ted Nolan thinks the Buffalo Sabres have too many teenage prospects on their roster this year.  His boss, the guy that brought him back to Buffalo is inclined to agree. 

The roster shakeup is about to take place, with Mikhail Grigorenko and Nikita Zadorov returning to their junior league clubs, the Quebec Remparts and London Knights respectively. 

Rasmus Ristolainen could likely end up in Rochester. 

Nolan himself made the comments about the teenagers in the lineup, and the rumors about Grigorenko are taking shape. 


Don’t speak French – that basically says that a good source is saying that the Remparts are expecting Grigorenko to join them soon.

Look for some of the top performing Rochester Americans to fill the roster spots once held by the teenagers. 

Sound familiar?  This was the same tactic used by Ron Rolston last year to shake things up in the wake of Lindy Ruff‘s firing.  Sure, Rolston was going with the guys he knew he could command – the guys that performed for him in Rochester. 

Will Nolan’s moves make the Buffalo Sabres more competitive?  Possibly.  A trip back to the Q should all but end any thought of Mikhail Grigorenko’s stay here in Buffalo lasting any longer.  Failing to crack the lineup regularly, and not producing in the 40 games he has played in the NHL so far – it is doubtful the Buffalo Sabres extend a contract offer the young Russian will be looking for.  It will either be free agency or the KHL for Grigorenko at the end of this deal.

Don’t blame Grigorenko completely on this though – the Buffalo Sabres have mismanaged him from the get go – and a stupid rule governing who can play in the AHL prevented him from learning the pro game in Rochester. 

The Buffalo Sabres are getting a new look sooner than later.  I am just glad its not another uniform change..

Tags: Buffalo Sabres Mikhail Grigorenko Roster Moves Ted Nolan

  • Dano

    I sorta knew when Nolan took over that Grigorenkos days were numbered.

    Im not really a fan of Russian players. There are some that I believe really contributed to North American hockey. Then theres a majority here for a paycheck whom play ‘ lazy russian ‘ style.

    Ovechkin, Mogilny, Kuri and a few others have shown the ‘ reds ‘ can play North American style of Hockey.

    Now that the KHL is around, there will be less Russian players here in North America OR the ones coming here will see theres no special treatment for them anymore and will go back.

    • Andrew

      Who is Kuri?

      • Dano


        Pavel Bure. Dunno why I put ‘ Kuri ‘ in there.. Cranial Gastritis ( Brain fart ). At least they rhyme.

        I think I might have typed ‘ Kuri ‘ thinking of the Fin Jari Kurri whom player with Edmonton.

  • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

    Grigorenko really has not impressed – but like you say, Tim, when he is not in Buffalo he’s playing junior-level hockey. And now we see the limitations of relying solely on the draft – Grigorenko was rated highly, but he’s not panning out, and whether it’s his fault or the fault of the rules that are in place, the bottom line is, he’s a wasted draft pick (at this point).

    • [email protected]

      He was a guy I had high hopes for. I think part of the problem was the uncertainty he had to deal with as far as if he would get the chance to play or not. That and he just wasn’t ready for prime time.

  • Craig C.

    Tim, your headline on Grigorenko is false.