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Video: Grigo arrives in Quebec for practice

Grigo 11-12By Mike Harrington

TORONTO -- Mikhail Grigorenko arrived in Quebec City today for his first practice back with the Remparts and had a big crowd of reporters waiting for him.

You can watch this video of Grigorenko speaking with the media there on the Web site of Le Soleil. It's narrated and subtitled in French -- but he's speaking English so you can get his answers fine.

"Right now I'm here and it's the only place I want to be for right now," Grigorenko said. "I'll just work as ahard as I can. We want to win everything here.

"Buffalo Sabres and me are together and this will work for now. I'll keep pushing and trying and I won't stop until I get there."

In translated comments from the accompanying story, Grigorenko said he was happy to be back in his old home but disappointed he didn't get one more chance with the Sabres.

"I knew it was possible that they yield me to Quebec, but I thought they would give me the chance to play a few games after the World Juniors," he said in the translation. "I thought I had done well there and they would give me a chance, but it did not happen."

As I wrote in my column today, the Sabres got this one right. Grigorenko is where he belongs. Now it's all up to him. His first game is Saturday against Rouyn-Noranda. The complete schedule is here.

(Photo: Grigorenko playing for Quebec in November, 2012/Getty Images)


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