A day after the Buffalo Sabres announced they were sending Mikhail Grigorenko down to the Rochester Americans for a two-week
conditioning stint, the NHL appears to have stepped in to stop the move. The Rochester Americans had a pre-game morning skate and Mikhail Grigorenko was no where to be found which is very unusual.
According to various reports, the NHL denied the Sabres request to send Grigorenko on a conditioning stint in the AHL because they did not have enough reason to do so. Apparently the fact he’s not ready for the NHL but too good for the QMJHL isn’t a good enough reason.
Here is the official rule from the NHL;
And Shortly after the rumour broke out it was confirmed that the NHL has denied Mikhail Grigorenko’s conditioning stint and he is back with the Buffalo Sabres. The poor kid is getting a raw deal early on. The NHL ruled that Grigorenko was not eligible for a conditioning stint with the Amerks as three first-round draft picks would have been in their line-up tonight.
Sabres say Mikhail Grigorenko’s conditioning assignment has been rejected by the NHL. He’s back with Buffalo.
— John Vogl (@BuffNewsVogl) November 20, 2013
If the Sabres and Ted Nolan are still unhappy with Grigorenko’s play their only option will be to return him to the QMJHL with the Quebec Remparts, where he will likely be traded. But for Now Grigorenko is still a member of the Buffalo Sabres and it looks like we may see a lot more of him in the press box going forward. The kid needs to play in order to develop but will get very little chance in the NHL and won’t grow in the QMJHL. Is this the beginning of the end for Mikhail Grigorenko and the Buffalo Sabres?