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Report: Burmistrov wants out of Winnipeg

May 22, 2013, 10:34 AM EDT

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Alex Burmistrov, the eighth overall pick at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, does not want to re-sign with the Winnipeg Jets upon becoming a restricted free agent in July — this according to a report in Wednesday’s Winnipeg Free Press.

Here’s more, from the Free Press’ Gary Lawless:

Burmistrov wished to be dealt at the trade deadline and the Jets worked in vain to move him. It appears a trade is still the preferred course of action.

Burmistrov and head coach Claude Noel beefed on and off over the past two seasons and the relationship hit an all-time low when the player was a healthy scratch four straight games in March.

The Jets attempted to trade Burmistrov and reportedly had discussions with the Ottawa Senators, Buffalo Sabres and New York Islanders at the deadline. The names Jakob Silfverberg, Drew Stafford and Kyle Okposo have all been attached to Burmistrov trade rumours.

Burmistrov’s a tantalizing talent that had a solid first year with the Jets in 2011-12 upon the move from Atlanta — as a 20-year-old, he scored 13G-15A-28PTS in 76 games.

But for all his offensive prowess, he’s come under scrutiny for his defensive game and overall two-way play.

Burmistrov’s in the final year of a three-year, $2.7 million contract that carried an annual cap hit of $1.5 million with performance and signing bonuses. Lawless reports the Jets must offer a five percent increase to his $810,000 base salary to retain his RFA negotiating rights, a deal Burmistrov is expected to reject.

From there, a situation will develop where the Jets would either seek to move Burmistrov in a trade, or see if another NHL club will make him an offer sheet.

The Free Press reached out to Burmistrov’s agent, Mark Gandler, who would only shoot down a possible third option — playing in Russia.

“The only question I’m going to answer is to say that Alex is not going to sign in the KHL,” Gandler said.

  1. bcisleman - May 22, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    Kid shouldn’t have been rushed into NHL. For all the fussing about how Isles handled Nino (drafted same year) much more conservatively and he has been coming along nicely. Solid year in the AHL and great Worlds. Much was made of his agent agitating for a trade but that was only frustration over not making the roster.

  2. hockeywithdrawal - May 22, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    There’d be plenty of takers if it’s just costing picks, he’d be worth the risk for a team struggling for offense (he really didn’t light it up last year or the year before, but he’s young).

  3. guitarmy204 - May 22, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    He didn’t show any interest in changing the way he played last year which is something he needs to do. He holds onto the puck way too long.

  4. billyhauntswizards - May 22, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    we never would but I’d love for the Rangers to pick him up. That being said, Torts would need to go (which I’m hoping happens) for that to work.

  5. 950003cups - May 22, 2013 at 12:46 PM

    Not wanting to play in Winnipeg? These guys are treated like royalty over there. I’d wanna stay.

  6. lostpuppysyndrome - May 22, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    If Burmi wants out of Winnipeg because of Noel, then that would also seem to indicate that Noel will be back for next season. Le sigh…

  7. source7769 - May 22, 2013 at 6:54 PM

    Thank God the Isles stayed patient with Okposo that trade doesnt look so good now

  8. scrouch - May 23, 2013 at 6:11 PM

    He has a lot of talent but this issue is that he’s not willing to change his game. And his current game won’t produce much in the NHL. The problem is that he holds onto the puck way too much and makes some fancy moves but nothing ever comes from it. Normally he just ends up turning the puck over or trying to do way too much at the blueline instead of dumping it in and the play just goes offside. I like his play on the penalty kill and he’s not afraid to throw some hits but so much of the time he gets the puck and it just ends up being a wasted shift. To me that’s why he wasn’t playing on the top offensive lines. Occationally he’ll make a nice play, more often the puck just ends up coming back the other way once he gets it and your top offensive players end up just playing in your own end of the ice the whole time. Atlanta definitely messed up by rushing him into the league. I was hoping the time spent in the AHL during the lockout would have helped him but he still looks like he could use a full season in the AHL to get more minutes but make changes in his game. I don’t see the Jets being able to do that now (he’ll just not sign with them and go to the KHL) but if he doesn’t play a smarter game they also can’t really play him. It’s like he never learned how to transition to the pro game and doesn’t feel like he needs to change becaues he’s been playing in the NHL full time since junior. But he sitll really plays more like a junior player than a pro. Tough situation for management. I bet some team would be willing to trade him for another young player who is under-achieving in their current situation.

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