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Leino still out, plus talk on contracts and Grigorenko

by Amy Moritz

Ville Leino showed up for today's morning skate. But once again he wasn't feeling well, didn't take the ice and went back to be evaluated by doctors. He won't play tonight against Tampa Bay.

Leino played just one full shift Thursday in Nashville before leaving the game with lightheaded symptoms. Could it be a concussion?

"He never got hit though," interim coach Ted Nolan said. "He just felt it before the game. He had one shift. He went out felt a little woozy. He felt a little dizzy and it wasn’t, don’t quote me 100 percent but I don’t think he got hit. He was just out one shift and came back.

"When you’re talking about the head, it’s not like the elbow or knee or something, but your head so we have to be very, very cautious."

Nolan again addressed his contract after some Canadian insiders reported that he had a done deal with Sabres general manager Tim Murray.

"One thing with those insiders they have a lot of information from somewhere I’m not too sure where they get it," Nolan said. "No, like I said last week Tim and I are real close on getting something done. As I mentioned all along I’m very excited about the possibility of staying here. Now it’s to a point where it’s really close and I'm going to be really excited when we get it officially done."

Mikhail Grigorenko finished his season of major junior with the Quebec Remparts. With the injuries in the organization, it looks like Grigorenko could continue his season, likely in Rochester.

"Tim and I will discuss that but my full concentration is trying to figure out who’s going to play for us right here with the injuries after injuries after injuries," Nolan said.

When asked if the injuries would create a spot for Grigorenko in Buffalo, Nolan added, "Rochester needs some players too."

For Nolan's full comments from the morning skate, take a listen here:


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