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Report: Burmistrov interested in NHL return, just not in Winnipeg

Aug 20, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT

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It’s been a year since Alexander Burmistrov bolted the Winnipeg Jets for the KHL but he may be looking to make a return to North America. He just may not want to do it in Winnipeg.

Slava Malamud of sportsexpress.ru appeared on TSN Radio in Winnipeg on Monday and said the 2010 first-round pick of the Atlanta Thrashers may be looking to come back.

“He said that he knows that the Jets were looking to trade him, and if that’s the case then he wouldn’t mind it as long as he comes back to the NHL,” Malamud said. “He’s being kind of diplomatic there, but the vibe I caught from that exchange when I read it in the original Russian was that he’s not too hot on the idea of coming back to Winnipeg, and he might want to try his luck somewhere else.”

When Burmistrov was here, he famously clashed with then Jets head coach Claude Noel. Burmistrov’s agent said Noel was the reason he headed back to Russia but Noel said he never had any issues with the now 22-year-old center. Burmistrov later blamed Noel and former Jets forward Olli Jokinen for his struggles in Winnipeg.

Burmistrov has already said he’ll be playing in Russia again next season, but after that a return to the NHL could happen in 2015-16. Should the Jets deal his rights, they’d be selling about as low as you can get for a guy who struggled in three seasons in the NHL before leaving for the KHL.

  1. bsaures - Aug 20, 2014 at 9:22 AM

    I can understand why he would leave he gets brought in to the nhl too early plays two seasons in two different cities then I the third the coach sends you down which means you have to move to newfoundland and get paid a fraction of what you wee making and could make in he khl . Hmmm big wonder he left

  2. xx1111 - Aug 20, 2014 at 12:55 PM

    The Avalanche will have close to 25 million in cap room next offseason.. Come on over

  3. pavelfitzgerald - Aug 20, 2014 at 3:18 PM

    The problem with the Avalanche is that Burmi wants to be a top 6 forward, & if he isn’t a top 6 forward in Wpg he DEFINITELY is not a top 6 forward in Colorado.

    I didn’t blame him for leaving given that he only got a whopping 6 games on the second line with Kane when Claude was there. Otherwise he was delegated to the 3rd line with no power play time but was an effective penalty killer. Burmi needs to realize that at best he will start off somewhere as a 3rd line centre (Winnipeg included) & will have to prove he can be more than that.

  4. scrouch - Aug 20, 2014 at 6:15 PM

    I don’t see them being able to trade him for much. The guy has potential but even considering he’s been relegated to the 3rd line most of the time, his production has been pretty bad in 3 seasons. Potential or no, he’s a very long way from showing that he can generate offence in the NHL. I do like the defensive part of his game. Problem is that he’s not going to be considered to be a sure thing by any team so his value is going to start pretty low. Add to that the fact that he already left once to go to the KHL and his trade value drops considerably lower. What would a team actually give up to get a player who’s currently 3rd line calibre at best, who they’re going to sign to a one year deal to see what he can do, and who may just go back to the KHL after that deal is up if he’s not happy? My guess is very very little. They might be able to rig up some deal where the Jets sign him to a one year deal, then trade him for a conditional pick if he re-signs with the team they trade him to. Don’t see many teams giving up much more than that. And I don’t see Winnipeg trading him for that little.

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