The Buffalo Sabres made two significant roster moves Friday, involving rookie Mikhail Grigorenko and veteran defenseman T.J. Brennan.
First, the team assigned Grigorenko, this year's number one draft choice, to his junior team in Quebec. Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier says the rookie was better off getting more ice time at the junior level. Regier said Grigorenko wasn't getting enough minutes in Sabres games this season.
Then, later Friday, the Sabres traded Brennan to the Florida Panthers in return for a fifth round draft choice. Brennan joined the Sabres organization as a second round draft choice in 2007. He has spent most of his career in the minor leagues with occasional call-ups to the Sabres.
The roster moves were needed for Ville Leino, who has been out with a season-long injury, to return to the line-up. Leino is expected to play his first game of the season Saturday against Ottawa at the First Niagara Center.