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Mikhail Grigorenko | Center

Team: Colorado Avalanche
Age / DOB:  (21) / 5/16/1994
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 200

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Mikhail Grigorenko, who was acquired by Colorado from Buffalo in the Ryan O'Reilly trade, is eager to work with Patrick Roy again.
Grigorenko played for the QMJHL's Quebec Remparts during Roy's tenure as their coach. He excelled in the juniors - and has continued to do so in the minors for that matter - but he's struggled to live up to expectations in the NHL. A change of scenery might significantly help the 21-year-old, but the fact that he'll be playing for a familiar coach should also be to his benefit. "I had my best years in Quebec and it was great having Patrick as a coach," Grigorenko said. "He was great to me and taught me a lot of things on and off the ice. I can’t thank him enough for what he's done for me already, and I can't wait to have him as a coach again." Jul 22 - 4:51 PM
Source: Denver Post

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Mikhail Grigorenko has signed a one-year, $675,000 contract with Colorado.

Grigorenko has managed to secure a one-way deal straight from his entry-level contract. He excelled in the minors, but had difficulty stepping up during his stints with the Sabres. Buffalo dealt him to Colorado on June 26 as part of the Ryan O'Reilly deal. Grigorenko is a former 12th overall pick and could easily tip the scales of that trade in favor of Colorado if he takes advantage of the change of scenery.
Source: Denver Post
Jul 16 - 6:54 PM

Mikhail Grigorenko has been sent to Colorado along with Nikita Zadorov, JT Compher and the 31st overall pick for Ryan O'Reilly and Jamie McGinn.

Over the last three seasons Grigorenko has played 68 games for the Sabres, and has tallied just 14 points. Not very good for the former 12th overall pick in 2012. Still a RFA, Grigorenko was also embattled in contract negotiations with Buffalo after being unwilling to sign a two-way deal. He's coming off an ELC that dinged the cap at $925K.
Jun 26 - 7:37 PM

The Buffalo Sabres' contract negotiations with Mikhail Grigorenko appear to have stalled.

Buffalo wants to sign him to a two-way deal while Grigorenko's agent is demanding a one-way contract. Meanwhile, the threat of Grigorenko bolting to the KHL looms over the talks. "Their expectations of a contract are a little different than ours," Sabres GM Tim Murray said. "They feel he's NHL ready. We feel he needs time in the minors, whether it's 10 games, half a year. That depends on what kind of summer he has." Murray also noted that Grigorenko would have to be placed on waivers to be sent to the minors and he would likely be claimed. He was holding that up as a reason they shouldn't fear a two-way deal, but by the same token that also means that the Sabres don't stand to gain much by trying to force him to sign a two-way contract at the risk of losing him to the KHL.
Jun 19 - 9:45 AM

The Buffalo Sabres will indeed make RFA center Mikhail Grigorenko a qualifying offer this summer.

GM Tim Murray noted that he "doesn’t know where the center fits in because if they want to send him to Rochester, he must pass through waivers." Which could be a problem as the 21 year old has yet to find his stride in the NHL. Through his first 68 games of experience, Grigorenko has just 14 points. He has 14 goals and 40 points in 52 career AHL games, for what it's worth.
Jun 11 - 6:47 PM

Mikhail Grigorenko will be a restricted free agent this summer, but he wants to stay in the NHL.

"I think every player in the world wants to play in the NHL," he said. "It's the best league, and it's my focus right now. I wanted to play in the NHL all my life, and I'll do everything I can to stay in this league." It doesn't sound like the KHL is a threat, but that could be an option for him. Grigorenko will finish the year in the minors with Rochester after he was reassigned along with Johan Larsson, Phil Varone, Chad Ruhwedel and Matt Hackett on Monday.
Apr 14 - 9:07 AM

Mikhail Grigorenko recorded his second goal of the season in a 4-3 win over Carolina on Monday.

He has skated in 23 games in 2014-15 and he has collected five points. Grigorenko played on the second line between Marcus Foligno and Brian Gionta.
Apr 7 - 10:32 AM

Mikhail Grigorenko generated some opportunities for himself and his linemates last Saturday in a 3-0 loss to Nashville.

"We had chances. Unfortunately we couldn't score but overall it was a good game for our line," said Grigorenko, who hit the goalpost in the match. "I beat him on the shot and I'm frustrated but at the same time I'm happy I had some chances. The first period wasn't really good but I kept working and skating and the chances started coming to me." He saw just 12:47 of ice time between Jerry D'Amigo and Cody Hodgson, so he still has plenty of work to do to ingratiate himself to coach Ted Nolan.
Mar 23 - 10:56 AM

Mikhail Grigorenko played very poorly on his return to the Sabres' lineup Friday night against New Jersey.

Grigorenko was called up earlier in the day from Rochester of the AHL for the sixth time this season to center the Sabres' third line alongside Nicolas Deslauriers and Cody Hodgson, but it did not go well for him. He was on the ice for two goals against and did not take a shot on goal during the first half of the game and saw only 8:06 of ice time in total, a game-low. Of Grigorenko Buffalo coach Ted Nolan bluntly said the following: "Right now guys are vying for jobs and seeing how they respond. He’s just got to be better." Needless to say, Grigorenko should not be on your fantasy radar at this time.
Mar 21 - 10:41 AM

Mikhail Grigorenko will center the Sabres' third line on Friday night against the New Jersey Devils.

Grigorenko will be flanked by Nicolas Deslauriers and Cody Hodgson. The former 12th overall pick in 2012 Grigorenko has yet to find his stride at the NHL level, accumulating just 10 points and 25 hits through 56 games spread over three seasons. Deslauriers however has produced 69 PIMs and 226 hits through 70 games this season. Making him a valuable commodity for any league that rewards tough guys.
Mar 20 - 6:41 PM

Mikhail Grigorenko has been summoned by the Buffalo Sabres.

Grigorenko got a chance to prove himself a couple weeks back, but Sabres coach Ted Nolan wasn't pleased with the results. Grigorenko has plenty of potential and is doing well at the AHL level, but he's had a lot of difficulty making the transition to the NHL.
Mar 20 - 3:47 PM

Coach Ted Nolan didn't like Mikhail Grigorenko's performance last Friday against Ottawa.

"I didn't like his play," Nolan said. "For him to play at this level, especially with that much skill, he has to bring a little bit more than what he had. You don't really want to sit back and hope for things to work. You've got to make them work like everybody else. I just felt his play on certain parts was very lackadaisical. Didn't have any energy or urgency in his game whatsoever. Hopefully, he'll catch that one day." He started on the second line, but ended up seeing less than 14 minutes of ice time. Grigorenko was returned to the minors after the match. He's playing in the final year of his entry-level deal and he's earned 10 points in 56 NHL outings in his career.
Mar 9 - 4:57 PM

The Buffalo Sabres have assigned Mikhail Grigorenko to the minors.

The 20-year-old has been up and down between the NHL and AHL lately. He has one goal and one assist in 13 NHL games this season.
Mar 7 - 12:48 PM

Mikhail Grigorenko is excited to get a chance on Buffalo's second line.

"It's a really great opportunity for me to play with those guys," said Grigorenko referring to new linemates Brian Gionta and Marcus Foligno. He has produced 11 goals and 32 points in 39 games for Rochester this season, but he may remain with the Sabres for the rest of the season.
Mar 6 - 9:09 AM

Mikhail Grigorenko has been summoned from the minors.

He has one goal and one assist in 12 games with the Sabres this season. Grigorenko was skating on the second line at practice on Thursday. He was just returned to the minors on Wednesday after he was scratched on Tuesday.
Mar 5 - 12:10 PM

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