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Roster shuffle continues: Adam, McNabb called up while Grigorenko returns after NHL nixes conditioning assignment

By Mike Harrington

The Sabres made four roster moves yesterday and have just announced three more this morning prior to practice in First Niagara Center, although one is essentially a reversal of one of Tuesday's decisions.

Forward Luke Adam and defenseman Brayden McNabb have joined the club from Rochester while center Mikhail Grigorenko has returned to the club after his conditioning assignment to the Amerks was rejected by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman.

Grigorenko consented to the 14-day assignment, as is required by Article 13.8 of the CBA. But he is otherwise ineligible for the AHL because he is a 19-year-old with junior eligibility remaining and Bettman apparently enforced a clause of the article that says:

"If the Commissioner has reason to believe or determines that the Club has used the Conditioning Loan to evade Waivers, or otherwise circumvent any provision of this Agreement, he may take such disciplinary action against the Club, as he deems appropriate."

The team's official release says it complied with all the guidelines around the assignment but adds, "the team respects the League’s decision" in rejecting the assignment.

For now, Grigorenko is back with the Sabres. We'll see if they try to work out an assignment for him back to the Quebec Ramparts.

Adam, 23, is tied for the AHL lead with 13 goals and is the Amerks' top scorer with 18 points in 15 games. He scored one goal in four games for Buffalo last year.

McNabb, 22, leads Rochester defensemen in scoring with 12 points in 15 games. He played 25 games for the Sabres in 2011-12 but did not appear in the NHL last season.  McNabb set career-highs in goals (5), assists (31), points (36) and penalty minutes (50) while appearing in 62 games for the Amerks last season.

Both players had clearly fallen out of favor with former coach Lindy Ruff and ex-GM Darcy Regier, so this will be a good opportunity for them to re-establish some footing in the organization.

All three players are on the ice for practice todahy, with Tyler Ennis missing. We'll find out his status after practice. The lines are:

Tropp-McCormick-Flynn (Scott extra)

The defense pairs are shuffling quite a bit, with only Myers and Tallinder consistently together. McNabb has skated with Ehrhoff and McBain.


Luke Adam | Mikhail Grigorenko | Rochester Amerks
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