The Sabres have assigned forward Mikhail Grigorenko to Quebec (QMJHL).
— Buffalo Sabres (@BuffaloSabres) March 15, 2013
This news was just announced, and has already sent some shockwaves throughout Buffalo.
Mikhail Grigorenko was the victim of a roster crunch, one that will end up with Ville Leino making his season debut tomorrow afternoon.
Grigorenko recorded 5 points (1 goal, 4 assists) in 22 games this season.
The Sabres options were to send down Brian Flynn or Marcus Foligno to Rochester, waive a player, make a trade, or send Grigorenko back to the QMJHL.
This announcement comes a little over an hour after the Buffalo News’ John Vogl reported on the situation.
There have been no discussions between the Sabres and Quebec Remparts about sending Mikhail Grigorenko back to juniors, according to source.
— John Vogl (@BuffNewsVogl) March 15, 2013
So as previously mentioned, this move comes as a surprise to many.
The Sabres have announced that General Manager Darcy Regier will be available to the media at 4 PM, so we will have quotes from Darcy around then.
Keep it locked here at Sabres Hockey Central for the latest on this developing story.
Here’s the audio from Darcy Regier’s press conference, click here.