After failing to produce a goal, Derek Grant is apparently shuffling out of Buffalo.
The Sabres put the center on waivers Tuesday, and the other NHL teams have until noon Wednesday to claim the 26-year-old. If no one does, the Sabres can send Grant to Rochester.
Grant shined in the preseason to earn a spot on the Sabres, but he hasn’t done enough to keep it. He has no goals and three assists in 35 games while taking just 31 shots. He has never scored in 75 NHL games.
The 6-foot-3, 212-pounder has 22 hits and 21 blocked shots while skating 10:12 per night. The only category were Grant has made an impression is faceoffs. He ranks second among Sabres centers with a 52.6 success rate. He is third with 304 draws taken, trailing Ryan O’Reilly (685) and injured Johan Larsson (533). Zemgus Girgensons is fourth at 224.
According to CapFriendly.com, Grant is on a one-year contract worth $650,000 in the NHL and $400,000 in the American Hockey League.
The Sabres may be gaining a forward this week as Tyler Ennis is close to returning from sports hernia/groin surgery.