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Report: Burmistrov headed back to the NHL


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.

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

Alexander Burmistrov

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.

Report: Burmistrov eyes NHL for 2015-16 season

Alexander Burmistrov

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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Agent: Jets coach Noel a reason Burmistrov left for KHL

Nik Antropov, Claude Noel, Alexander Burmistrov

Alexander Burmistrov played in 194 NHL games with the Atlanta Thrashers and Winnipeg Jets after being taken with the eighth overall pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. However, once his entry-level contract expired, Burmistrov made the decision to sign with Ak Bars Kazan of the KHL.

Losing a promising 21-year-old forward is obviously a tough blow for the Jets, but perhaps it’s not a surprising one. He was reportedly unhappy in Winnipeg and wanted to be traded due in part to his clashes with head coach Claude Noel.

Any doubt on the subject was put to rest when Burmistrov’s agent Yuri Nikolaev was asked if his relationship with Noel was a motivating factor in his clients decision to leave the Jets.

“That was one of the reasons why he left,” Nikolaev confirmed through translator Ruslan Kim, according to the Winnipeg Sun.

To be clear, that wasn’t the only factor. Burmistrov will get a chance to play for his hometown team and his salary “is more than $2 million USD.”

He’s also open to returning to the NHL eventually, but the Jets can control his North American rights until he’s 27 if they want.

It certainly sounds like they’ll go that route, given that they said in a statement that Burmistrov “remains a very talented player within the Jets organization and we will continue to monitor his progress and development going forward.”

Woe Winnipeg: Burmistrov signs in KHL (Update: Jets respond)

Alexander Burmistrov

The Winnipeg Jets may have suffered their first significant loss of free agency.

According to Russian media outlet Sports.ru, forward Alexander Burmistrov has signed a two-year pact with Ak Bars Kazan of the KHL.

UPDATE: The Jets have confirmed the signing and GM Kevin Cheveldayoff has addressed it with the following statement…

“Through our conversations and correspondence with Alex and his agent, it became apparent Alex had a desire to continue his development as a young player in the KHL.

“He remains a very talented player within the Jets organization and we will continue to monitor his progress and development going forward.”

Burmistrov, 21, was selected eighth overall by Atlanta at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft and enjoyed a successful rookie campaign (6G-14A in 74 games) with the Thrashers, followed by a successful sophomore campaign (13G-15A in 76 games) with the Jets.

His third year in the league, though, was far less successful.

Burmistrov had just 10 points in 44 games during the lockout-shortened campaign — made a healthy scratch four times — and, following the season, reports surfaced of him being unhappy in Winnipeg, including this from the Winnipeg Free Press:

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.

Since that story broke, there have been indications Burmistrov would pass on re-upping with the Jets to re-join Ak Bars, the club he represented at the junior and senior levels prior to getting drafted.

What’s interesting, though, is that his agent shot those rumors down.

Back in May, the Free Press reached out to Burmistrov’s representative, Mark Gandler, who completely nixed the idea of his client 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 at the time.

Sounds like things have changed.

As for the future — the Jets can keep Burmistrov’s rights until he’s 27 years old, so long as they continue to issue a qualifying offer each offseason, according to the Winnipeg Sun.