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Player Profile: Mike Grier

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2010-11 Regular Season stats:

#

Pos

Player

GP

G

A

P

+/-

PIM

PP

SH

GW

S

S%

25

R

Michael Grier

73

5

11

16

0

12

0

0

0

107

4.7

2011 Postseason stats:

#

Pos

Player

GP

G

A

P

+/-

PIM

PP

SH

GW

S

S%

25

R

Michael Grier

7

0

1

1

-3

0

0

0

0

5

0.0

Career:

#

Pos

Player

GP

G

A

P

+/-

PIM

PP

SH

GW

S

S%

25

R

Michael Grier

1,060

162

221

383

-9

510

16

20

26

1,643

9.9

A Look Back: Mike Grier ended his season playing through a knee injury and was obviously not his normal self in the Game 7 performance against the Flyers.  For the season, Grier was a huge component to the Sabres penalty killing unit.  Registering just 16 points in 73 games, Grier saw his production per game drop from .36 points per game down to .22 ppg.  Grier is a consummate professional that no doubt had a positive impact on players like Thomas Vanek and Drew Stafford this year, but his on the ice performance definitely declined. 


A Look Ahead: Grier completed his 14th season in the NHL and is 36 years old.  As well as he played in the series against the Flyers delivering punishing checks and solid penalty killing it was evident that his game just isn’t quite the same.  The Sabres are going in a direction of building towards a Stanley Cup in the near future and I still believe Grier has a place in the organization, just not on the ice.  He has stated his desire to only play if it is in Buffalo, but I think Ted Black and Terry Pegula will find a place for him within the organization.  Players respect Grier and he can still have a positive effect on a relatively young core group of players. 

Fake Darcy’s Take: I have never seen a player with less goal scoring skills get himself into more goal scoring situations.  We don’t call him “Hands of Stone” because of his fighting ability.  As opposed to Mancari, Grier is an NHL journeyman with great grit and determination. I expect to offer him a low-ball contract with the hopes he signs. I think he might retire.

Up Next: Shaone Morrisonn 

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Player Profile: Marc-Andre Gragnani

 

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Regular Season (Second line in Portland)

#

Pos

Player

GP

G

A

P

+/-

PIM

PP

SH

GW

S

S%

17

D

Marc-Andre Gragnani

9

1

2

3

0

2

0

0

1

11

9.1

#

Pos

Player

GP

G

A

P

+/-

PIM

PP

SH

GW

S

S%

17

D

Marc-Andre Gragnani

63

12

48

60

22

51

4

1

0

90

13.3

 Playoffs

#

Pos

Player

GP

G

A

P

+/-

PIM

PP

SH

GW

S

S%

17

D

Marc-Andre Gragnani

7

1

6

7

0

4

1

0

0

9

11.1

 Career:

#

Pos

Player

GP

G

A

P

+/-

PIM

PP

SH

GW

S

S%

17

D

Marc-Andre Gragnani

15

1

2

3

0

8

0

0

1

15

6.7

Look Back: The 2010-11 season for Marc-Andre Gragnani will almost exclusively be reflected for his performance in the postseason.  After playing in just nine regular season games this year, injuries forced Gragnani’s insertion into the lineup late in the year and into playoffs.  In 7 games against the Philadelphia Flyers, he posted 1 goal and 6 assists and lead all Sabres in points. He, along with several of his blue line partners, were at times overmatched in their own zone, but Gragnani’s offensive lift to the team set him apart from the group, aside from Tyler Myers.  Gragnani put up huge numbers during the regular season while in Portland with 60 points in 63 games.

Look ahead: Gragnani is a restricted free agent this offseason and it is hard to believe that the Sabres are not going to move swiftly to secure a deal with him after his playoff performance.  He is 24 and as he progresses, he should see more time on the power play and work his way into the regular blue line rotation next season.  Pairing him with Myers seems unlikely, which means that the Sabres are going to have young depth along the blue line going forward.  As an ‘offensive’ defenseman, it will be interesting to see how the organization decides to handle the rest of the blue line this offseason.

Fake Darcy’s Take: We love Gag’s ability to carry the puck and we plan on him being a quarterback for our power play for the next few years.   But more importantly, he will serve as team translator for trips to Montreal and possibly Quebec, if they get another team up there. We don’t want to have another incident at a French restaurant like the time when Myers ordered a heaping bowl of animal private parts.

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