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Agent: Alex Burmistrov isn’t going back to Russia

May 1, 2012, 10:31 AM EDT

Alex Burmistrov, Milan Jurcina AP

Yesterday we told you of a report saying Winnipeg forward Alex Burmistrov was being courted to play in the KHL in spite of having a current contract with the Jets. Burmistrov’s agent would like you to know that his client isn’t going anywhere.

Agent Mark Gandler tells Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun Burmistrov’s deal with the Jets will make sure that he stays in North America and there’s no getting around that.

“Nobody talked to me,” Mark Gandler said, Monday afternoon. “The guy is under contract. End of discussion.”

Asked about the report, Gandler was blunt.

“If people in Edmonton want to print gossip from the Russian papers without checking sources … all it takes is two minutes to make a phone call,” he said. “They obviously didn’t do their homework.”

Uh, ouch.

Burmistrov has had his ups and downs since coming to the NHL. His first season in Atlanta and this past year in Winnipeg have seen him fight for ice time and deal with being a healthy scratch at times. Burmistrov is quite talented but with how he was put in the NHL immediately after being drafted, you’re left to wonder if he was rushed to action.

If there’s a far away place Burmistrov could wind up next season, Ed Tait of the Winnipeg Free Press says it could be in the AHL with St. John’s.

  1. pavelfitzgerald - May 1, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    Glad to hear he’s staying put. He struggled to get in the lineup early in the tear but he workes really hard on his defensive game & actually turned into one of the Jets better penalty killers. As he continues to grow both mentally & physically (he’s only 21) he’ll get more ice time & he’ll unveil that deadly offensive game he showed as a junior

    • lostpuppysyndrome - May 1, 2012 at 11:12 AM

      He shows flashes of that game and could be a contender for Mayor Dangle in Snipesville in a couple years. He needs to work on his confidence though IMO. He gives up far too easily sometimes. He’ll come around though. Maybe some time in St. John’s will do him good. They’ve got a fantastic system out there, and it could be a huge benefit to him.

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