Seven Questions For The Buffalo Sabres Going Forward

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Jan 8, 2015; Raleigh, NC, USA; Buffalo Sabres forward Mikhail Grigorenko (25) skates with puck against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The Hurricanes defeated the Sabres 5-2. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

4. Grigorenk-NO?

Another question moving forward regards Buffalo Sabres prospect Mikhail Grigorenko, who is set to be an RFA this offseason.

Will the Buffalo Sabres extend him a qualifying offer? Will other teams offer sheet him? Or — and this could be a likely option — will Buffalo Sabres GM make the move and Grigorenko be packaged in a trade on draft day?

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From recent comments, it seems clear that Grigorenko’s chances with the Sabres organization are on thin ice. Ted Nolan said just days ago that he wasn’t impressed with the young forward, who was sent back to the AHL after a very short period of time in Buffalo.

It seems like we’ve reached a point where, if the Sabres need another forward, a guy like Dan Catenacci could get the call from Rochester before Grigorenko does, at least for the rest of this season. As preposterous as that might sound, it speaks volumes for how the team is dealing with Grigs.

That being said, it seems to be entirely possible that he won’t be with the Sabres organization much longer.

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