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Grigorenko excited to play for Russia at World Juniors

by Amy Moritz

Mikhail Grigorenko is pretty excited. The Buffalo Sabres agreed to loan him to the Russian Federation for the World Juniors Championship, which begins on Dec. 26 in Sweden.

He will join Sabres prospect Nikta Zadorov on the team. The two are on the same flight Sunday leaving to Toronto so they can join the team in Russia.

"I'm really excited," Grigorenko said. "I can't wait to go there and meet all my friends and start preparation for World Juniors. It's a big tournament for us. I know we have all the chances to win the gold and hopefully I'll be able to bring my best game there."

Sabres interim coach Ted Nolan is happy to give Grigorenko the opportunity to play. Grigorenko was a scratch the last two games. In the eight games that Nolan has been here, he has sat five.

"If history teaches us anything it's that a player's got to play," Nolan said. "I don't know too many people who develop without playing. He has to play and this will give him a good opportunity to do so."

Other lineup notes out of Thursday's morning skate is that Brayden McNabb will sit with Jamie McBain in the lineup. Also back in is Matt D'Agostini who missed yesterday with the flu.

Nolan said Alexander Sulzer will be placed on injured reserve to make room for Cody McCormick who comes off the IR list today.

Listen to Nolan's comments after morning skate:


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Amy Moritz

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Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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