Former Red Wings minor leaguer Igor Grigorenko continues to play for Salavat Ufa Yulayev of the KHL (Russia) after abruptly leaving Grand Rapids of the AHL earlier this season. He has one goal and seven assists in 29 games for Salavat.
The Sports Xchange reports Red Wings LW Igor Grigorenko is headed back to Russia, after refusing an assignment to Grand Rapids (AHL) after Friday's game. Grigorenko had an out-clause in his contract enabling him to return to his homeland if he wasn't on the NHL roster after spending three weeks in the minors the first month of the season. He can earn more money playing for a club in the Russian Super league ($1 million, tax-free) than he can in the minors ($70,000).
The Sports Xchange notes: LW Igor Grigorenko was recalled from Grand Rapids (AHL) but has yet to make his NHL debut.
Prospect Igor Grigorenko has failed to make the Detroit Red Wings roster and will start the year with Grand Rapids of the AHL.
Coach Mike Babcock is eager to see Russian rookie Igor Grigorenko during the preseason, skating with and against NHL players. "He did a lot of good things with the puck," GM Ken Holland said. "He has to adjust from the European-style hockey in Russia to the style here. It's different, a higher tempo."
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