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Burmistrov blames Noel and Jokinen for Winnipeg struggles

Aug 5, 2013, 10:55 AM EDT

Alex Burmistrov AP

Alex Burmistrov is headed to the KHL next season but he’s not leaving without sounding off about what went wrong in his time with the Winnipeg Jets.

In speaking with Russia’s Sport-Express (link in Russian), Burmistrov pointed a finger at both coach Claude Noel and center Olli Jokinen for why he was seemingly buried last year. According to the (poor) translation of the story, some of his issues with Noel were know by now.

During the lockout Burmistrov wanted to play in the KHL, but the team and Noel had him play with St. John’s in the AHL instead. In 22 games with the IceCaps, he scored just two goals with nine assists. For what it’s worth, Noel has said he wasn’t aware of Burmistrov’s issues with him.

The issues with Jokinen, however, are new. Burmistrov wondered why the 15-year veteran continued to log top-six minutes despite playing poorly while he was kept seemingly buried.

For what it’s worth, Jokinen averaged two more minutes of ice time per game than Burmistrov and had just four more points than him. Maybe he had just cause to complain but when you’re just 21 years-old, those complaints don’t get you very far.

Burmistrov will play for Ak Bars Kazan next season.

  1. stepanup - Aug 5, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    Nobody wants to hear excuses and complaints. Whining about a veteran player getting playing time doesn’t play well either. Good riddance, enjoying the KHL pampering.

  2. mrminkus - Aug 5, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    If blame is the game, he should start by looking in the mirror.

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Aug 5, 2013 at 12:05 PM

      Mr. Minkus? I had a principal by that name once.

  3. pavelfitzgerald - Aug 5, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    Honestly, as a Jets fan & season ticket holder, Burmi is spot on.
    Jokinen was horrawful last year & should’ve been regulated to the 3rd line. Burmi should’ve played more then 2 games with Kane (Jokinen & Kane had zero chemistry all year).
    Burmi even went to St. John’s instead of going to the KHL (Burmi had no obligation to go to St. John’s since he was locked out). He did what he was told, when he was told & didn’t make a squeak all year. He has the right to go to the KHL & exercised that right. I pin this one on Claude Noel mismanaging a young, talented man.

    • dipthatchip - Aug 5, 2013 at 1:25 PM


    • thesportsjudge - Aug 5, 2013 at 2:48 PM

      “horrawful”….is that your contribution to the ebonics of the present?

  4. billyhauntswizards - Aug 5, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    it’s not like Burmi has a spot to b—ch anymore, but he’s right. Jokinen was just pitiful this year for the Jets, turnover after bad decision after turnover, all year. He did more harm then help to the Jets. Also Claude Noel treated him worse than usual. Scratched him for no reason at times, played him no minutes, not to mention he was rushed to the NHL (not that that’s on Claude but he has to be careful with those kinds of players). It’s no surprise Burmi is in the KHL really. He asked to be traded and wasn;t.

  5. hosewater2 - Aug 5, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    “He’s playing in the KHL n̶e̶x̶t̶ ̶s̶e̶a̶s̶o̶n̶ for the rest of his short career.”

  6. sampulls - Aug 5, 2013 at 6:46 PM

    Even if he is right, he should show some class and keep quiet. It’s almost funny how some fans ‘agree’ with him. What kind of a world do we live in where we support young people in their insubordination.

  7. bigx21 - Aug 5, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    Agree with Burmy about Oli!! Oli overpaid and didn’t help out on 2nd line. If Burmy was on 2nd line with Kane and whoever on RW, he had better chance of getting more pts, but Noel put him on 3rd line to “get speed” which didn’t work out!! Burmy come back when Oli and Noel gone!!

  8. scrouch - Aug 5, 2013 at 9:06 PM

    I agree that Jokinen was terrible but Burmi didn’t do anything to earn himself more ice time either. He played fine in his own zone and on the penalty kill but that’s about it.

  9. pavelfitzgerald - Aug 6, 2013 at 8:50 AM

    Insubordinate? He did everything he was asked to when a Jet, his contract was up & he left which he had every right to.

    Horrawful – invented by Shaq in a poat game interview when he told the reporter is suit was “horrawful – it’s horrible & awful all at the same time” — youtube it

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