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Patrick Roy: “Strong Possibility” Grigorenko Stays With Buffalo

French-language newspaper La Presse in Montreal had some quotes from Quebec Remparts coach Patrick Roy yesterday concerning Mikhail Grigorenko, who has three games remaining with the Sabres before Darcy Regier and his crew have to make a decision on keeping him or sending him back to the QMJHL:

"I begin to think that there is a strong possibility that Mikhail does not return with us. Yesterday (Monday), he played 13 minutes in his second game in two nights. He is doing well with the Sabres. And he behaves well defensively. I begin to think that the team I have right now, and that will add Kurt Etchegary when he is ready to return, is the one (with which) I'm going to finish the season."

Interpreted using Google Translate

The question is, has Roy's opinion been partially molded by conversations with Regier, or is he guessing on his own?  Either way, despite comments from some coaches and media that he's playing well in his own end, I think it's a safe bet that Grigorenko will have to show more offensively to warrant staying in Buffalo.  He's not here to be a third-line checking center, and I'm not sure that Regier sees an on-the-job training project during a critical playoff race for the Sabres as the optimal situation for the 18-year-old Russian.

Special thanks to Kris Baker of SabresProspects.com for the heads up on this story.

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Dave Davis has covered the Buffalo Sabres for various NHL accredited websites and newspapers since 2003.  He was the senior writer and Sabres correspondent for The Fourth Period, covered hockey for Western New York Sports and Leisure Magazine, and has had articles featured on NHL.com, FOX Sports, Yahoo Sports and in New York Sportscene.  Sabres news and notes can be found on his Twitter page.

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