Panthers Trade Dmitri Kulikov to Sabres

kuliiJust as the second day of the 2016 NHL Draft was getting underway, the hosts team made a bit of a splash. Buffalo announced they had dealt Mark Psysk along with their 38th and 89th picks for defensemen Dmitri Kulikov and Florida’s 33rd pick. Kulikov balances out the Sabres blue-line with his left-handed shot and has one year on his contract which will earn him $4.3 million. The 25-year-old already has 460 games under his belt along with 28 goals and 138 points.
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Sabres Send Grigorenko and Zadorov to Colorado

With the 2015 NHL Draft about to kick-off in Florida earlier this evening, news broke that the Buffalo Sabres acquired the coveted top-six forward Ryan O’Reilly from the Colorado Avalanche. In exchange, the Avs received Mikhail Grigorenko, Nikita Zadorov, J.T. Compher and the 31st pick in the 2015 draft. The trade signals the end of a tumultuous time for Grigorenko who spent time bouncing around in the QMJHL, AHL, and NHL under the watchful and reluctant eye of Ted Nolan.
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FRWG Chats with Andrey Makarov

(courtesy of Dan Hickling)

Yesterday I had the opportunity to chat with netminder Andrey Makarov who currently plays for the Rochester Americans. The 21-year-old Kazan native spoke about why he choose to stay in North America, his friends around the hockey community and his favorite US city. Be sure to catch our next interview next week with Mikhail Grigorenko.

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Russia Powers Past USA En Route to Semi’s

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After coming down to earth with two straight defeats to their neighbors to the north, Russia fell from the top spot of group B to third, setting up a date with the reigning champs in Team USA. Russia came out of the gate swinging and found themselves up 1-0 early thanks to Sabres center Mikhail Grigorenko who tallied his fourth goal of the tournament. The lead was short lived as Stefan Matteau evened things up for the Americans shortly thereafter in what would be a topsy turvy first period.
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Sabres Decide Not to Get Griggy with It After All

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After appearing in 22 of Buffalo’s 27 games where he scored just one goal (below) with four helpers, Sabres center Mikhail Grigorenko has been sent down to the Quebec Remparts. The move comes as a surprise since the Sabres elected to keep him in Buffalo after their first five games thus taking one year off his three-year entry level contract.
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Russia’s Shootout Moves not Swede Enough

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After avoiding an embarrassing elimination at the hands of the Swiss yesterday, Russia came just shy of completing another comeback for the right to play for gold. In what was a rematch of last years final, Russia managed to overcome a two-goal deficit against Sweden only to fail at the skills competition they so heavily relied on to get there. All three Russian shooters, two of whom scored yesterday (Mikhail Grigorenko & Nikita Kucherov), couldn’t solve the big frame of Swedish netminder Niklas Lundström and Sebastian Collberg’s nifty backhander proved to be the difference.
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