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Mikhail Grigorenko to remain with Sabres

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11:36 AM ET 01.29 | Buffalo Sabres rookie forward Mikhail Grigorenko will remain with the club for the rest of the 2013 season. With Grigorenko still possessing junior eligibility, the Sabres could have returned the 18-year-old back to his junior club. This would have preserved the first year of his entry-level contract. However, Grigorenko's performance in the first five games of the season has appeared to force the team's hand in keeping him in the NHL. When he takes the ice for his next NHL game, the first year of his contract will officially begin and his salary cap-hit will count against the team's payroll. The team will be in action on Tuesday night when they host the Toronto Maple Leafs.

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January 29, 2013  11:45 AM ET

I know we shouldn't complain cos we are getting all these threads nowadays, but seriously the Buffalo Sabres Twitter account is the source for news now?

January 29, 2013  11:59 AM ET
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I know we shouldn't complain cos we are getting all these threads nowadays, but seriously the Buffalo Sabres Twitter account is the source for news now?

lmao. They should have done a lot more players at once, like Teresenko...etc, etc, etc..

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January 29, 2013  12:21 PM ET

good for him. I didn't like the way he got shafted in the draft, and I really hope he goes on to have a productive career so he can rub it in the noses of pretty much every talent evaluator out there.

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January 29, 2013  12:33 PM ET
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Isnt this the kid with the attitude problem ?? Thats why he slipped so low...Russian born kid with an attitude problem..no wonder why so many teams passed.

The issue was that he underperformed in the QMJHL playoffs. After the fact it came out that he had mono.He then wasn't able to play during the pre-draft combine & practices, so the last look at him that scouts had was playing really average hockey. Had it been a canadian kid we would have praised him for trying to play through illness, but because it's a russian he got thrown under the bus.

I understand him dropping out of the 2-5 spots, but not dropping to the point that he did...he's a legit talent and he's a big body center. I think the Sabres got a steal.

January 29, 2013  12:37 PM ET

there weren't alot of blue chips in the draft, and it'll take a while to tell, but I think there will be alot of mid-first round gems. The 4-10 picks were mostly conservative by drafting defensemen with perhaps more certain vlaue, but with less potential upside.

January 29, 2013  12:39 PM ET
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The issue was that he underperformed in the QMJHL playoffs. After the fact it came out that he had mono.He then wasn't able to play during the pre-draft combine & practices, so the last look at him that scouts had was playing really average hockey. Had it been a canadian kid we would have praised him for trying to play through illness, but because it's a russian he got thrown under the bus.I understand him dropping out of the 2-5 spots, but not dropping to the point that he did...he's a legit talent and he's a big body center. I think the Sabres got a steal.

Centres and puck moving D-men are at such a premium now. He will get every opportunity to succeed. Three years from now he could be looked upon as the biggest steal of the draft.

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January 29, 2013  12:43 PM ET
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Ahhh ok..forgot about the details surrounding him...hopefully he plays with a chip on his shoulder..thus making him more effective.

lol. Ummmm like???? a la Chris Simon??? :)

January 29, 2013  12:47 PM ET
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lol. Ummmm like???? a la Chris Simon??? :)

I think this was alluding to guys that can PLAY

January 29, 2013  12:49 PM ET

Mikhail Grigorenko to remain with Sabres

That's because they're doing some renovations.....

"Mikhail Grigorenko tear down this wall."

January 29, 2013  12:54 PM ET

The team will be in action on Tuesday night when they host the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Looks like as good a time as any to score your first NHL goal kid...

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January 29, 2013  01:35 PM ET
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The wall between 8th and 9th?

Better than the wall of maple syrup between 14 and 15.

January 29, 2013  01:42 PM ET
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Better than the wall of maple syrup between 14 and 15.

hopefully the leafs aren't so lucky. finishing 10th would be about right. Good enough to not earn a top pick, bad enough to miss the playoffs.

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January 29, 2013  02:26 PM ET

I don't know why but now I have the theme song from Dr. Zhivago stuck in my head.

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