Report: Jets are ‘gauging trade interest’ on Burmistrov

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The Winnipeg Jets are “gauging trade interest” on forward Alex Burmistrov, according to a tweet by TSN’s Gary Lawless.

Lawless didn’t share anything more than that, but the trade rumors should come as no surprise. Burmistrov, 25, has no goals and just one assist in 10 games this season, and his average ice time (11:28) is way down compared to last season (16:10), when he finished with just seven goals in 81 games.

Burmistrov has an interesting history with the Jets franchise. He was the eighth overall draft pick in 2010, when the team was still in Atlanta. He played three seasons in the NHL before returning to the KHL for two years. He then came back to the NHL, on a two-year, $3.1 million contract that expires after this season.

Perhaps the Jets believe Burmistrov may return to the KHL once again.

Or perhaps he just isn’t a fit anymore, on a team that’s added highly touted wingers Patrik Laine and Kyle Connor to the lineup.

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