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Grigorenko will play for the Rochester Americans, three months after the first-round pick briefly refused a demotion to junior hockey.

Grigorenko initially refused to report to Quebec, preferring to develop in Rochester of the AHL. An agreement between the NHL and the CHL does not allow teenagers to play in the AHL. With the Remparts’ season over, Grigorenko is allowed to play in the AHL. Grigorenko has dominated at major junior level, scoring 178 points over parts of three seasons with Quebec. He had 48 points in 28 games for the Remparts after his demotion.

Source: SportsNet 03/30/14, 12:48 pm EST

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Grigorenko will not report to the Quebec Remparts (QMJHL).

Grigorenko’s agent, Jay Grossman, confirmed to the Times Herald that Grigorenko won’t be reporting to the Remparts. Grossman declined further comment until he and Grigorenko speak to the team. The Sabres obviously believe going back to juniors is best for Grigorenko's future, but the 19-year-old wants to play in the NHL. Monitor this situation going forward.

Source: Bill Hoppe 01/11/14, 9:24 am EST

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The Sabres have sent Mikhail Grigorenko back to the Quebec Remparts (QMJHL).

"We're not looking at what he can do now," said Sabres head coach Ted Nolan. "We're looking at what he can do down the road."The Sabres are not going anywhere this season, so going back to juniors is likely best for Grigorenko's development. He will likely shred the QMJHL when he returns, he posted 70 goals and 69 assists (139 points) in 92 career games during his first two seasons with Quebec.

Source: Mike Harrington 01/11/14, 6:48 am EST

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Grigorenko has returned to the Sabres this morning.

Grigorenko took awhile to return Buffalo following the World Junior Championships because of bad weather. There is a decision to be made with Grigorenko. Are the Sabres going to keep him with the team or send him back to juniors? For now it appears he will stay with the team where he has two goals and one assist in 18 games.

Source: Mike Harrington 01/9/14, 5:33 am EST

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Sabres have officially announced Mikhail Grigirenko will be loaned to Russia for World Junior Championship.

Grigorenko has shuffled in-and-out of the Sabres lineup all season, so a stint in the World Juniors, where he will be one of the top-players, should help him regain some confidence. He has two goals and one assist in 18 games, which is not exactly what the Sabres were hoping for when they selected him 12th overall in 2012.

Source: Bill Hoppe 12/5/13, 6:00 am EST

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Mikhail Grigorenko's conditioning assignment has been rejected by the NHL. According to article 13.8 of the NHL/NHLPA CBA - "The Commissioner may take whatever steps he deems necessary to investigate the circumstances under which a Player is Loaned on a Conditioning Loan. If the Commissioner has reason to believe or determines that the Club has used the Conditioning Loan to evade the Re-Entry Waivers, or otherwise Circumvent any provision of this Agreement, he may take such disciplinary action against the Club, as he deems appropriate. "

The Sabres attempted to send Grigorenko to Rochester (AHL) on a conditioning assignment because he has not appeared ready for the NHL at this point in his young career. Conditioning assignment's are typically used for players coming off of injuries - which Grigorenko is not. He is back with the Sabres today, no word on what Buffalo will do next.

Source: John Vogl 11/20/13, 5:39 am EST

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The Sabres have sent Mikhail Grigorenko to Rochester (AHL) on a conditioning stint.

Sabres head coach Ted Nolan said that his team has too many teenagers on the team, but that changed today when they sent four players down. There were rumblings that Grigorenko was going to go back to the QMJHL but the Quebec Ramparts already have their two import players so Grigorenko goes to Rochester and is expected to be back with the Sabres soon. Grigorenko will get a chance to play big minutes in the AHL and regain some confidence in his game.

Source: Mike Harrington 11/19/13, 7:01 am EST

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Mikhail Grigorenko out; Johan Larsson in.

Grigorenko has seen his ice-time drop in every game this season. The 2012 third overall pick has struggled this season. “You have to find a way to be an impact in a game,” coach Ron Rolston said. “It’s his ability to put himself in positions where he can use those skills. That means you’ve got to go to the puck, you’ve got to get the puck, you’ve got to support the puck, you’ve got to be around the puck, you’ve got to battle for the puck. You can stickhandle in a phone booth and that doesn’t really translate unless you can be an impact on the game."

Source: John Vogl 10/10/13, 7:58 am EST

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Grigorenko who hasn't played for Buffalo since March 12, will be in the lineup Monday. Patrick Kaleta is out after getting hurt blocking a shot Friday.

Grigorenko has dressed 22 times for the Sabres and recorded just a goal and four assists. The organization sent him back to Quebec in mid-March to compete in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League playoffs. Buffalo recalled him Tuesday and he's been practicing with the team. He centered Jochen Hecht and Nathan Gerbe in practice Sunday.

Source: John Vogl 04/21/13, 8:54 am EST

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Grigorenko’s skating with Ville Leino and Steve Ott, a sign he could be in the lineup Sunday afternoon against Philadelphia.

Grigorenko wasn't expected to make the team this year, so he must have had a great camp. He is a big body that plays even bigger than his 6'3" frame. He still has room to grow as well, but wait and see how he translates his game from camp to live action before rushing to the waiver wire.

Source: Bill Hoppe 01/18/13, 7:04 am EST

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