That's possible, but chances are he's not ready for the KHL either.
It's less than half a season. He's 19. He needs to contain his ego, and do what he's told.
He's not an NHL player. He should know the Sabres have no other options than send him back to juinors.
I think the KHL would snap him up in a heartbeat. I agree 100% with the rest of your post though -- and the fact that he knows the Sabres have no other options means that this is likely his (or his agent's) way of pushing for a trade.
Can't see any way this helps the kid, or puts him in the good books of his new boss.
I agree with this too -- all this does is cement his reputation as a troublemaker -- which hurts any trade return the Sabres will get for him.
I dont get this. I know there is a new sheriff in town, and Coho is ready to come back, but how does having the kid play against better competition hurt the tank? I understand that minutes are better than no minutes, but we aren't making a playoff run. Give the kid some linemates and let him take his lumps.
First, I think many hockey people think that generally playing a kid in the NHL too early hurts his development.
Second, and more importantly, it's not about what's best for Griggy. It's about what's best for the Sabres. They have made an organizational decision that each kid needs to earn his ice time, and if that doesn't happen, it undercuts the critical first stage of the rebuild, which is instilling a work ethic and an attitude of accountability.
Do you think that Griggy has earned NHL ice time? I sure don't.
I think I have seen all I need to see of this kid, even despite the mishandling on the sabres part...
I'm not quite there but I can see it from here.
He's being asked the do the only job he's proven he can do. He's also 19 years old and being wildly overpaid to do it.
He should STFU and go play in Quebec for a few more months. I'm sure his teammates in Buffalo are thrilled to learn that he should get some of their playing time due to his imaginary list of NHL accomplishments.
I agree with all of this. Good call on the bolded part.
APB....he's yours to the first team that puts up a 2015 2nd round pick.....
You have Ristolainen and Zadorov being good soldiers...you are about to have at least 3 high draft picks to negotiate with the next 2 years....you can't let some kid, especially one who hasn't looked the part, make any demands of you.
He's gotta go, and go fast. Some team will give you a 2nd a year out for the risk. Or you tag him on to get rid of a Stafford or Lieno.
They certainly can't cave and keep him with Buffalo -- and I think there is zero chance of that happening.
They'll probably read the riot act to Grossman, who will convey the message to Griggy. At that point, Griggy will either (i) decide to sit out or (ii) try to go to the KHL.
I think there is an agreement in place now with the KHL under which the KHL can't take him -- but I wouldn't be surprised if they breached the agreement and took him anyway. If that happens, he's gone forever. If not, he'll either cave and report to juniors or sit out and try to force a trade. If that happens, the Sabres will either trade him or let him rot to teach him a lesson. I'd be fine with either approach.
Edited by nfreeman, 11 January 2014 - 03:41 PM.