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Sword Play: Grigorenko Staying; Buffalo Sabres – Toronto Maple Leafs Preview


Geoff Burke – US PRESSWIRE

The collective sigh of Buffalo Sabres fans can be heard across the Northeast.

Sabres general manager Darcy Regier gave a short press conference this morning stating that Mikhail Grigorenko will remain with the Sabres for the remainder of the season and will be in the lineup against the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight.

Grigorenko had exhausted his tryout period with the Sabres Sunday afternoon and would either need to be sent down back to the Quebec Remparts of the QMJHL or stay with the Sabres for the rest of the season. Regier has spoken and the kid will stick with the big club.

Regier said that Grigorenko had come a long way since September and would likely have not made the squad if the decision had to be made then.

After playing a career-high 17:10 Sunday, Grigorenko seemed to pass the eye test to remain with the Sabres, the question was whether Regier and Lindy Ruff wanted to continue his development in Buffalo or in Quebec.

At practice this morning the team was working on the power play, so no lines were working together. With the return of Thomas Vanek to the lineup, Grigorenko may be in the middle of two different linemates tonight.


Quick Hits on tonight’s matchup with the Leafs:

Thomas Vanek will play tonight after missing Sunday’s game with a muscle strain. Look for him to rejoin a line with Cody Hodgson and Jason Pominville.

Robyn Regehr will not play tonight due to a “short-term” lower body injury likely sustained on Sunday. Mike Weber will see his first action in relief of him. Alexander Sulzer will also sit paving the way for TJ Brennan, who will likely see some power play time.

Ryan Miller will get his third start in a row tonight.


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