What a fine mess Darcy Regier has left Tim Murray and the Buffalo Sabres with. Due to Darcy’s inability to manage prospects the Buffalo Sabres are now at risk of losing Mikhail Grigorenko as the Russian prospect is tired of the Buffalo Sabres games. Thanks Darcy, what a fine mess you’ve left behind.
Things have not been easy for Mikhail Grigorenko as the Buffalo Sabres organization has toyed around with his progress over the last two season’s.
From making the team out of camp last season but getting little ice-time and then being returned to the QMJHL and then this season he
was promised a roster spot right from camp but still wasn’t getting any respectable ice time. The Sabres attempted to pull a fast one sending him to the AHL for a two-week conditioning stint but that was turned down. So Grigorenko once again found himself riding the pine as the Sabres had no place for him. Then came the World Juniors where the Sabres sent Grigorenko to rid themselves of his presence for awhile as he competed for Russia only problem is, Grigorenko expected to come back and play with the Sabres. Now the Sabres latest move was sending Grigorenko back to the QMJHL, but Mikhail he was having none of it and he refused to go.
Now both parties are in a jackpot as Grigorenko – with advice of his agent – refuses to go to Quebec and the Buffalo Sabres would prefer him to be elsewhere. Will Tim Murray cave to his young prospect?
There are a few situations that can play out with Grigorenko and the Sabres;
1. Tim Murray will stand strong and show the young players that he is in charge by either trading Grigorenko or refusing to bring him back to Buffalo.
2. Grigorenko can bolt to the KHL, which will all but end his hopes of an NHL career, where he could possibly provide a better life for his family.
3. Grigorenko can own up and play for the Remparts like he was told. After all the kid is just 19 and most 19 year olds are still battling hard in juniors for their NHL clubs.
4. Grigorenko will request an immediate trade out of Buffalo so he may go and earn ice on another NHL team that is willing to give him a fair shake.
5. Tim Murray will cave bringing Grigorenko back to Buffalo and force Ted Nolan to play him and see if he can develop.
6. The NHL will step in, and an exception to the NHL-CHL rule for Grigorenko and the Sabres will be made.
Which decision do you see happening with Mikhail Grigorenko going forward? What a fine mess left by Darcy Regier eh?