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Poll: What’s Next For Mikhail Grigorenko?

The plot has certainly thickened around the young Mikhail Grigorenko in the last 48 hours. From a conditioning stint with the Rochester Americans to the NHL denying that conditioning stint and Grigorenko working his way back to Buffalo. The Buffalo Sabres and Ted Nolan seem to be at a loss regarding the young, Russian centre.

They know he needs ice time to further develop his game but he’s not quite ready for a full-time gig in the NHL but is past the point

where time in the QMJHL will help any. What he needs- and can’t have unfortunately for the Sabres- is some solid time in the AHL where he can prove to himself that he can compete and get back into shape.

Once Grigorenko had been returned to Buffalo he had a meeting with Nolan, and the meeting didn’t sound too optimistic. He seemed down- and it’s hard to blame the kid- He said that he needed to play and get the ice time and the AHL would have been the perfect place. He went on to say that Nolan didn’t tell him he isn’t ready for the NHL but he doesn’t know how he will be used going forward.

The Buffalo Sabres need to figure out what their plans are for Grigorenko going forward and put him in the best situation to achieve those goals. Are they going to continue to play him on the 4th line, let him sit in the press box or send him back to the Remparts? A decision has to be made before they push him over the edge and he bolts to the KHL where he will be treated better. The Sabres need to stop screwing up Mikhail Grigorenko’s career, if they’re not going to use him either trade him or send him down to the QMJHL. Just get him ice time!

So in today’s poll we’re asking y’all what you would do with Mikhail Grigorenko or at least what the Sabres should do with him. Do they play him, bench him, send him to the QMJHL or does he bolt to the KHL? Vote in the poll below and then sound-off in the comments your thoughts, opinions and predictions for the future of Mikhail Grigorneko and the Buffalo Sabres.

Whats Next for Grigorenko?

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  • Vic Soga

    C.C. Send him back to the Quebec League and then trade him to the London Knights so that he can play with Zadorov and play in the Memorial Cup. I do not know if that can be done under the import and Junior rules? Buffalo would be close to London to check on these boys.

    • james1968

      Looked at that myself. The Knights have two imports on their roster, Zads being one. Would have to be willing to move the other, which would turn the whole thing into some kind of three way trade…. As much as I’d like to see Grigs coached by Dale Hunter, probably not gonna happen.

    • wolfdoctor

      I’m not sure, but I think he can only be traded within the QMJHL, but London is in the OHL.

      • Caitlin Campbell

        The OHL QMJHL, CHL and WHL are all under one league so I believe he can be traded to any league

        • wolfdoctor

          I hope so. He needs to be playing, nevertheless.

    • Caitlin Campbell

      I really really like that idea… but like James said it seems like a lot of trouble. But if they could pull it off it would be awesome

  • Jes

    I honestly hate how these turds are treating this kid.

    Lafontain – “Oh let’s see if he can play and produce.”

    Nolan – “Let’s put him with the Dazzling John Scott and Mr. Perfect Patrick Kaleta, now that’ll bring his numbers up. We should also follow that up with 5-9 minutes of ice time. Man we are going to look so smart.”

    Lafontain – “You said it you dirty bastard you.”

    And I voted for trade him. That’ll show the Sabres staff how to actually develop a kid.

    • Caitlin Campbell

      I honestly feel bad for the kid at the very least put him on the 3rd line and see what he can do. No way he should be with Scott. I wouldn’t mind them trading him just so he can stick it to management but I don’t think we can give up on him quite yet

  • Ben Chalker

    It’s a no win situation. If you can get a decent first rounder from a team likely to have a high pick then it might be worth exploring it. Might be.
    The year is pretty much a wash as it is, so why not put the kid with Ott and Leino for a game or two and see if they can do something useful.

    • Caitlin Campbell

      It’s a really trick situation. I don’t think they should give up on him quite yet though

  • BryanD

    I think this whole situation will get fumbled up and he’ll end up in the KHL. The Sabres will mishandle him and trade him for a pick. Where ever he goes he most likely be sent to the AHL or ECHL if not some how back to the QMJHL. With his mismanagement in the NHL system he’ll defect back to the KHL

  • Justin Tosczak

    Personally, I think Grigorenko is simply over rated. He has undeniable skill, without question. The problem is he cannot keep up to the NHL level. He is too slow on decision making, he isn’t very good at positioning, very weak defensive skill, and he has a bad attitude, and takes criticism personally.

    I have read multiple comments from people on this site saying to put him in the top 6 for minutes, “just give him a chance”

    Problem is- whether your 2nd line or 3rd line on Buffalo, your playing with about the same quality players around you, only difference is minutes. So why would you take a guy who is struggling only playing 9-12 minutes a game ( against other teams 3rd lines), then reward him with more minutes?

    The management has been shitty for years, but now we have Pat, who is very smart, to make our major decisions.. And if Both Gms and all 3 coaches we have are struggling developing this kid, maybe it isn’t managements fault?

    Just looking for common denominators…

    But to answer your question, I would leave him on the 3rd line with Leino and Stafford.


    That is what I would do.

    • Caitlin Campbell

      I’d leave him on the third line as well at least it’s better than putting him with Scott.
      But you may be on to something- with the management and Grigrorenko. At some point he needs to step up IMO

  • Dano

    Rumor has it Evander Kane is on the trading block, has 2 years left on his contract after this one.. Big pricetag though ( 6million ).

    I dont see Grigorenko in Buffalo for much longer.

    As Justin Tosczak stated –> “And if Both Gms and all 3 coaches we have are struggling developing this kid, maybe it isn’t managements fault?”

    .. I think Justin is on to something.

    • Caitlin Campbell

      I have heard that the Jets are not pleased with Kane and his time there could be coming to an end. I fully agree… at some point Grigorenko need to take some responsibility and work hard