NHL notes: Sabres' Nolan blasts 'lackadaisical' Grigorenko

Ted Nolan didn't mince words when the topic of Mikhail Grigorenko came up Monday.

The Buffalo Sabres head coach was not pleased with the Russian centre, calling his recent effort "lackadaisical" during a game in Ottawa.

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"I didn't like his play," Nolan told the Buffalo News. "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."

The 20-year-old Grigorenko, who was called up last week on an emergency basis and immediately sent back to the AHL following Friday's loss to the Senators, played less than 14 minutes, registered one shot and was one for six on faceoffs.

The Sabres were ready to give Grigorenko some more playing time if he showed a spark during the game.

"We could have argued and said, 'Hey, let's keep him here,'" Nolan said. "But he didn't give us enough of that to argue for."

In 13 games this season, Grigorenko has one goal and one assist. In 56 NHL games over three seasons, he has four goals and six assists.


The Columbus Blue Jackets' season of injury continues unabated.

Right winger Jared Boll took an errant puck to his left hand at practice Monday and left minutes later with an apparent injury.

Although the injury is not considered serious, Boll went to see a doctor later in the day and was expected to fly with the team to Raleigh, N.C. before the Blue Jackets face the Hurricanes on Tuesday.

Defencemen Ryan Murray and Kevin Connauton, and forwards David Clarkson, Boone Jenner, Jeremy Morin, Jack Skille and Matt Calvert are all currently out of the lineup. Only Murray and Connauton are close to returning.

The Blue Jackets added forward Luke Adam on emergency recall from Springfield of the AHL on Monday.

Adam was acquired by Columbus from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for forward Jerry D'Amigo on Dec. 16 and had amassed 38 points and 58 penalty minutes in 58 AHL games this season.

Adam, 24, recorded 15 goals and 11 assists in 87 games with the Sabres.


A group trying to bring professional hockey to Las Vegas announced Monday it has reached 8,000 season-ticket deposits in a month, leaving it 2,000 short for the NHL to consider its bid serious for future expansion.

"We're now 80% to our goal!" the group, headed by billionaire businessman Bill Foley, trumpeted in a statement posted to Twitter.

The potential NHL team would play at an arena being built by MGM Resorts International and Anschutz Entertainment Group on the famed Vegas Strip.

Deposits range from $150-$900, depending on the seat, and will count toward season tickets if Las Vegas is awarded a franchise. Deposits will be refunded if it is not.

The group also includes the Maloof family, former owners of the NBA's Sacramento Kings.


An undisclosed injury to goaltender Jonas Gustavsson has forced the Detroit Red Wings to recall Petr Mrazek from Grand Rapids of the AHL on Monday.

Bruins forward Milan Lucic ran into Gustavsson at 2:02 of the second period, receiving a goaltender interference penalty.

Gustavsson was able to stay in the game but didn't return for the third period of Sunday's 5-3 loss to the Boston Bruins. Jimmy Howard came on in relief.

Since he was assigned to Grand Rapids on Feb. 17, Mrazek has not suffered a regulation loss, going 6-0-1 with a 1.13 goals-against average, .962 save percentage and three shutouts. The 23-year-old is 9-2-1 overall in 13 games with the Griffins this season, sporting a 2.06 goals-against average and .927 save percentage.

A native of Ostrava, Czech Republic, Mrazek has made 20 appearances for the Red Wings this season and is 13-5-1 with a 2.55 goals-against average, .909 save percentage and one shutout.


The Nashville Predators recalled forward Viktor Stalberg from Milwaukee of the AHL on Monday and activated defenceman Anton Volchenkov from injured reserve.

Stalberg, 29, has four assists in 11 games with Nashville this season and 60 goals and 126 points in 324 career NHL contests since 2009-10. The Stockholm, Sweden, native has 11 goals and 17 points in 20 games for Milwaukee this season, including a pair of hat tricks in his last eight AHL games.

Volchenkov, 33, has missed the past 11 games with a lower-body injury. The 6-foot-1, 225-pound blueliner has five assists in 42 games with the Predators this season.


The Carolina Hurricanes are now hurting for healthy defenceman.

Hurricanes head coach Bill Peters revealed Monday that Jack Hillen, acquired from the Washington Capitals on Feb. 28 for fellow defenceman Tim Gleason, suffered a concussion and will be out indefinitely, reports the Raleigh News & Observer.

Hillen played three games for the Hurricanes before sitting out Sunday against the Edmonton Oilers.

The Huricanes, who also traded away blueliner Andrej Sekera, had seven d-men dressed at practice.


The Arizona Coyotes recalled forward Brendan Shinnimin on an emergency basis Monday from Portland of the AHL.

The 24-year-old Shinnimin has recorded one assist and eight penalty minutes in 11 games with the Coyotes this season.

The 5-foot-10, 185-pound native of Winnipeg has registered 33 points (14 goals, 19 assists) in 48 games with the Pirates.


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