NHL notes: Buffalo Sabres send Grigorenko back to junior
|Ottawa Senators' Jim O'Brien skates past Buffalo Sabres' Mikhail Grigorenko during the second period of NHL hockey action at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa, Feb. 5, 2013. (Darren Brown/QMI Agency)
Buffalo Sabres general manager Darcy Regier changed his mind about first-round draft pick Mikhail Grigorenko Friday, sending the 18-year-old forward back to junior.
The Sabres originally planned on keeping Grigorenko, the 12th player picked in the 2012 draft, for the entire season but he was being used sparingly by new coach Ron Rolston so Regier demoted him to the Quebec Remparts of the QMJHL.
"When we talked to him today -- and we've been talking about this for a while -- I think this is an opportunity for him to keep growing and building on his experience here, building on the start in the Quebec league," Regier said on the Sabres website. "He had a terrific world junior tournament. He surprised all of us by being here for the length of time he has been here. And depending how far they go in the playoffs, he will return here after the season."
Grigorenko had one goal and four assists in 22 games with the Sabres. Because he played more than five games in this shortened season, the first year on his entry-level contract won't carry over to 2013-14.
The demotion of Grigorenko is significant for the Patrick Roy-coached Remparts. They have two games left in the regular season and expect to go deep in the QMJHL playoffs.
The New York Islanders are reportedly negotiating a contract extension with defenceman Mark Streit.
According to ESPNNewYork.com, the Isles would like to keep Streit, a pending unrestricted free agent, around for longer than just this season. And it sounds like Streit wants to stay with the team, too.
"Everyone knows I like it here," he told ESPNNewYork.com. "The locker room is great, the living on Long Island, so we'll see."
Streit, a 35-year-old from Bern, Switzerland, has four goals and 10 assists in 27 games with the Islanders this season. He is on the final year of a five-year deal that has paid him an average of $4.1 million.
While Streit is still waiting for his extension, forward Colin McDonald got a new two-year deal Friday. McDonald has four goals and six assists in 24 games this season.
Islanders forward David Ullstrom will be out at least three weeks with a groin injury. Ullstrom, who has two goals and three assists in 20 games, was hurt Thursday against Tampa Bay ... the Lightning have put forward Adam Hall on waivers, according to TSN. Hall has just four assists in 20 games this season ... Columbus Blue Jackets defenceman John Moore was activated off injured reserve after missing eight games with a shoulder injury. The 22-year-old has one assist in 13 games this season ... Former first-round pick Jarred Tinordi is expected to make his NHL debut with the Canadiens Saturday against the New Jersey Devils. Forward Michael Ryder, meanwhile, did not make the trip to New Jersey. He's dealing with a lower-body injury.