Found January 18, 2013 on Queen City Sports:
(courtesy: Dan Hickling) The inevitable was made official on Friday afternoon when Sabres general manager Darcy Regier announced that rookie Mikhail Grigorenko would start the 2013 in Buffalo. Grigorenko has been centering a line with Steve Ott and Ville Leino throughout the week-long training camp. At times, Grigorenko has looked like a man who is clearly ready to make the jump to the professional ranks. At other times, he clearly looked like a nervous rookie just trying to make a good impression. It seems as though the 12th overall pick in this past June’s NHL draft has made a good enough impression to start the year with the Sabres. At least for the first five games. The team will have just five games this season, as opposed to the usual nine, to decide whether or not to keep him in the NHL and put his entry level contract into effect, or send him back down to Juniors for the remainder of the season. It’s unclear as of now whether Grigorenko will play in Buffalo’s season opener against Philadelphia on Sunday afternoon,  or if he will be a healthy scratch. Reiger stated that the decision was going to be up to Lindy Ruff. ———————————————————— The Sabres announced on Friday that forwards Nathan Gerbe and Cody McCormick will start the year on injured reserve. Gerbe is dealing with a back injury while McCormick is still suffering from a hand injury that he hurt last season. When the two come back, it will force Reiger and Ruff to make some tough decisions. The team will be over the required roster limit when the time comes to bring those two back which means a trade will likely have to be made. Regier has made it clear that he doesn’t want to lose any more players on the waiver wire which makes it more and more likely that a deal will be made in the coming weeks. Especially if Grigorenko’s play warrants staying with the Sabres. The post Grigorenko To Start Season With Sabres appeared first on Queen City Sports.
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