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28 января 2013 года.
Grigorenko hopeful after 'best effort' // Tribune Business News

Vogl, John.

Jan. 28--WASHINGTON -- It's decision time. Mikhail Grigorenko is either going to spend the rest of the season in Buffalo or pack his bags for Quebec.

The Sabres' first-round draft pick played the fifth and final game of his tryout period Sunday in a 3-2 loss to Washington. The first year of his entry-level contract kicks in with a sixth game.

"I know that the rule says if I'm going to play next game I'm staying with the team," Grigorenko told The Buffalo News. "I hope so. Probably soon I will know what they are going to do with me. I hope I'll stay here."

Grigorenko gave the Sabres a lot to think about against the Capitals. He played a season-high 17 minutes, 10 seconds, nearly scored his first goal, took two shots and had three others blocked or miss the net.

"I really enjoyed the game," Grigorenko said in Verizon Center. "If we could win the game it would be like, you know, the best time in my life. But we lost the game, so I was really disappointed."

General Manager Darcy Regier said there's no deadline for the decision. Grigorenko could practice with the team a few more days and sit Tuesday against Toronto to allow management more time to think. The 18-year-old's junior team doesn't play again until Friday.

"Overall, it was a good showing for him," said coach Lindy Ruff, who had Grigorenko come to the rink Sunday morning for additional tutoring. "He's receptive. He understands there's some areas he has to get better. He knows that. Overall, I thought it was maybe his best effort."

Grigorenko nearly tied the game at 2-2 early in the third period. Tyler Myers fed the rookie at the left side of the crease, and Grigorenko tried to tuck the puck inside the far post. Goaltender Michal Neuvirth stretched out his right pad for the best stop of his 22-save game.

"I was really close to him when I got the puck," Grigorenko said. "I was trying just to reach the far post, and he was big enough to save it.
"I've done everything I could. I was trying to do everything the coaches wanted from me, be good defensively, win faceoffs, compete and stuff. I was making sure this is the most important thing in my game, and I was trying to do it perfectly. I hope I've done this well."

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