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.
— Stephane Leroux (@StephRDSJunior) November 19, 2013
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..