Alexander Burmistrov is headed back to the NHL according to a report out of Russia.
The 23-year-old, who has spent the past two seasons with Ak Bars Kazan of the KHL, last played in the NHL with the Winnipeg Jets during the lockout shortened 2012-13 season.
He hinted at a return to the NHL last summer following his first season in the KHL.
Burmistrov’s KHL teammate Evgeni Medvedev, who signed with the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday, is the one who broke the news to Russian reporters.
The center bolted for the KHL citing issues with then Jets’ coach Claude Noel.
Winnipeg still owns the rights to Burmistrov, who left the team as a restricted free agent after parts of three seasons.
He had 20 goals and 43 assists in 107 KHL games.
Burmistrov appeared in 194 NHL games with the Atlanta/Winnipeg franchise scoring 23 goals and 58 points before heading overseas.
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.
According to a report out of Russia, forward Alexander Burmistrov is eyeing a return to the NHL following the 2014-15 season.
Burmistrov, who is Winnipeg Jets property, told Russian hockey reporter Igor Eronko of his career plans on Friday:
SB Nation has more on the report, which claims Burmistrov has already had “positive” discussions with current Jets’ coach Paul Maurice.
Burmistrov, 22, appeared to have issues with then Jets coach, Claude Noel, prior to his decision to leave for the KHL following the 2012-13 season.
The native of Kazan, Russia had 10 goals and 37 points with Ak-Bars of the KHL in 2013-14.
In 194 career NHL games with the Atlanta Thrashers/Winnipeg Jets organization, the 6-foot-1, 180-pound center had 23 goals and 58 points.
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