Grigorenko sent to juniors, refuses to report

January 11, 2014 Updated Jan 11, 2014 at 7:24 PM EDT

By Allen Leight


Grigorenko sent to juniors, refuses to report

January 11, 2014 Updated Jan 11, 2014 at 7:24 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - The Buffalo Sabres made a number of roster moves Saturday, including shipping second year centerman Mikhail Grigorenko back down to the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

The only problem, Grigorenko is refusing to report to the Quebec Ramparts.

Grigorenko returned to the Sabres earlier this week after helping lead the Russian World Junior team to a bronze medal in the World Junior Championships, where he scored 8 points, including 5 goals in 7 games.

The 2012 first round pick said Thursday that he was hoping to stay in Buffalo, and that his all-around game has improved.

"This year I played really good two-way game," said Grigorenko Thursday before the Sabres hosted the Florida Panthers.

"I played good defensively and I was also playing on the penalty kill and I was more of a complete player," he added, speaking about his play at the World Juniors.

Grigorenko posted the following statement on his Facebook page Saturday afternoon after news had broke that he was not going to report to juniors:

"Hi everyone,
I just want to apologized for the situation going on right now.

We just need to find a place for me where i can develop and be the best hockey player I can be.

I came to North America 3 years ago coming from a home in Russia where I never had a bed, a shower or heat...I work everyday to be the best hockey player I can be so I can provide for my family, have a better life... Because hockey is all I have, my passion, who I am.

I am so grateful I played in Québec with one of the best coach in the world, amazing fans, people and city. I got to play against great players who are now doing amazing in the NHL. I'm also so proud I was drafted in the NHL by the Buffalo Sabres organization. I love the city and people there. I love my neighborhood and I love the guys. They also have owners who want everyone to be happy and love their team so much.

Now I would just ask all of you guys to respect me and the time I'm taking to think about my career. It might be hard to understand but it is even harder for a teenager.

The Sabres also recalled defenseman Brayden McNabb from Rochester and activated forward Cody Hodgson from IR. Meanwhile Rasmus Ristolainen and Johan Larsson have been assigned to the AHL Americans.

The Sabres take on the Washington Capitals on the road Sunday afternoon.

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