Buffalo Sabres Peanut Gallery Thoughts And Comments: The Derek Grant Thing
JAN 9, 10:29a ET | Adam DeRose/FanSided via Sabre Noise
Rotowire: Jan 11 / 9:55a ET
News: Grant was claimed off waivers by the Predators on Wednesday, Bob McKenzie of TSN reports.
Impact: Grant was let go by the Sabres after producing a mere three assists in 35 games and struggling to a minus-3 rating. Before claiming Grant, the Predators were making a habit of shuffling Pontus Aberg about the organization's ranks, but with Grant now in tow, it won't be such slim pickings for coach Peter Laviolette down the middle. At 6-foot-3, Grant has a long reach, and he provided 27 goals in 36 games with AHL Stockton in Calgary's organization last season, so this could turn out to be a low-risk, high-reward snag for the Predators, assuming he buys into the system.
Rotowire: Jan 10 / 9:16a ET
News: Grant was waived by the Sabres on Tuesday, TSN's Bob McKenzie reports.
Impact: After winning a roster spot out of training camp and making a strong case to be the team's checking-line center, Grant scored just three points in 35 games with a minus-3 rating. It says something about how ineffective he's been that he got waived despite the Sabres being short on centers. The 26-year-old has spent most of his career in the AHL, and he should provide a boost for the struggling Amerks if he clears waivers (as he likely will). The Sabres have yet to make a corresponding call-up, but they'll likely give one of the other young forwards in the system a chance with the big club.
Rotowire: Nov 9 / 9:25p ET
News: Grant recorded a first-period assist during Wednesday's loss to Ottawa.
Impact: Grant received just 12:09 of ice time during the game, and he's registered just nine shots through the first 13 games of the season. His limited role and lack of offense make the 26-year-old center a fantasy afterthought at this point.