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Sabres send Grigorenko back to Quebec junior league

By John Vogl

Mikhail Grigorenko's time in the NHL is up for now.

The Sabres have sent the rookie back to the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. The move came less than an hour after a member of the Quebec Remparts told The News there had been no discussions between the Sabres and Remparts about Grigorenko returning.

"It is big news and big surprise for us," said a Remparts spokesman.

After a solid tryout period, Grigorenko became a spare part for the Sabres. He averaged 9:44 of ice time during his 22 games and recorded one goal and five points with a minus-2 rating.

The Remparts have just two regular-season games remaining before starting the playoffs. They are sixth in the 18-team league.

Early in the season, the Sabres debated whether to keep Grigorenko and use the first year of his entry-level contract or send him back to Quebec. They decided to keep the 18-year-old, who now has two years left on his deal.


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John Vogl

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John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

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