Sabres GM Darcy Regier has announced this morning that Mikhail Grigorenko will stay with Buffalo, and play tonight against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Grigorenko’s five game tryout didn’t bring any goals or assist’s, but his play on the ice showed Lindy and Darcy that he belongs in the NHL.
Now that Griggy is staying up with Buffalo, he enters his entry-level contract. He’ll earn $925,000 this year. After this season he will become an RFA (Restricted Free Agent), and if he plays at least 23 games this season, he will become a UFA (Unrestricted Free Agent) a year early.
When the 18-year-old found out he was staying with Buffalo he had a huge smile on his face and said, “It’s really amazing news, I’m really excited.”
Grigorenko is the first 18-year-old regular on the Sabres since Pierre Turgeon.
The Sabres will welcome back TJ Brennan and Mike Weber to the lineup tonight, and Thomas Vanek will return after missing Sunday’s game in Washington.
Brennan and Weber will be filling in for Sulzer and Regehr. Sulzer is a healthy scratch, while Regehr has an undisclosed lower body injury. Lindy said earlier this morning that it’s a short term injury, and that it’s nothing serious. With Vanek back, Nathan Gerbe is the odd man out tonight.
I’m interested to see if Brennan can ignite a spark in the Buffalo offense. Lindy said this morning, “His shot from the point on the power play is second to none in the AHL.” Brennan leads the Amerk’s with 35 points (14G + 21 A) in 36 games.
The Sabres face the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight at the First Niagara Center. Puck drop set for 7:05.