By Mike Harrington
Sabres center Mikhail Grigorenko posted on Facebook late Wednesday afternoon that he was flying to Russia Sunday to join his national team -- and former Buffalo teammate Nikita Zadorov -- for the World Junior Championships that open later this month in Sweden.
Grigorenko told reporters for the second straight day Wednesday (see video above from Sabres.com) that he had heard nothing about the tournament from the Russian Hockey Federation but that he remained interested in playing. He told Amy Moritz of The News the same thing on Tuesday.
The Sabres said they had no information on the post or Grigorenko’s potential status but a source close to the situation told The News the process was moving forward and the team is expected to approve loaning the 19-year-old so he can play in the tournament.
It's uncertain if Grigorenko will play Thursday night against the New York Rangers or if the Sabres will simply use the loan as a way to make a move to open space on the roster for the return of Cody McCormick.