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No Sabres on waivers today; Flynn or Foligno likely will return to Rochester to make room for Leino

By John Vogl

Ville Leino will be activated from injured reserve Saturday, and the Sabres need to clear room for him. It appears either Brian Flynn or Marcus Foligno will head to Rochester to open a roster spot.

The Sabres needed to put a player on waivers at noon today in order for him to clear Saturday, but they elected not to waive anyone.

Flynn and Foligno are the only players who can be sent to the Amerks without waivers, so they are the leading candidates to depart. A long-shot option would be to send Mikhail Grigorenko back to the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, but his team has only two games remaining in the regular season.

UPDATE: There have been no discussions between Sabres and Quebec Remparts about sending Grigorenko back, a source told The News this afternoon.

"We’re actually meeting this afternoon on it to figure it out, but it will be solved by tomorrow," interim coach Ron Rolston said today.

Flynn has two goals and three points in six games with the Sabres. Foligno scored twice Tuesday in a 3-1 victory over the New York Rangers to bring his totals to three goals and 11 points in 26 games.

Grigorenko, who practiced on the fifth line today with John Scott and suspended Patrick Kaleta, has one goal and five points in 22 games.

Flynn was the last player called up, but he has improved rapidly during his first appearance in the NHL.

"He’s gotten better every game," Rolston said. "He would understand the circumstances, but he’s played exceptionally well for us."

Ron Rolston


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