What an ugly story to wake up to if you are a fan of the Winnipeg Jets.
This has obviously been brewing for a while, as it has been well known that Coach Noel and Alexander Burmistrov have not seen eye-to-eye for quite some time now. And if the sources that Lawless has talked to are correct, the short and bumpy ride between Burmi and the Jets may be over very soon.
Now, obviously we here at Arctic Ice Hockey believe that Burmistrov is way more valuable to the team than his boxcars suggest, as his advanced stats are very solid for a player his age. I mean, he's freakin' 21-years-old! And the one thing I cannot understand is how people complain about his lack of production. He played most of the season on the third or fourth lines with virtually no power-play time. How the hell is he supposed to produce playing with Chris Thorburn?!?! This is the epitome of #noelogic that drove us nuts all year.
Regardless of how you feel about Burmi, you cannot deny that Coach Noel, and by extension Kevin Cheveldayoff, have driven his value into the ground. Could he not have been showcased better if they knew he wanted out? In my opinion, this is on the coach and the leadership group within the locker room and the organization as it sounds like a young kid wasn't mentored properly.
Here's a collection of a few of the reactions from Twitter:
Hey @brownscotttn , can we trade Noel and keep Burmistrov? please, please, pretty please. *puppy dog eyes*— @Pitty_Da_Fool (@Pitty_Da_Fool) May 22, 2013
Not sure Burmistrov and Claude Noel are a good fit. #Jets— Bruce Garrioch (@SunGarrioch) May 22, 2013
Burmi is a key building block for the future of the #nhljets. Noel isn't worth losing Burmistrov. In fact, Noel should be fired anyway.— MBGreen (@MBGreen_YDKF) May 22, 2013
Burmistrov wanting out is a travesty. And one that realllllllllllly looks bad on Claude Noel.— Travis Hrubeniuk (@thrubeniuk) May 22, 2013
Burmistrov wants out? Big surprise... Lol let him go— Danny Demelo (@DannyDemelo) May 22, 2013
Meh I'm really not surprised burmistrov wants out— Haley Jackson (@HJetsCanucks) May 22, 2013
Instead of digging any farther into that, I'm going to daydream about what it might take to snag Burmistrov out of Winnipeg.— Winging It In Motown (@wingingitmotown) May 22, 2013
Put Burmistrov on a line with Kessel and watch him crack 60 points— Ryan (@rfan_3) May 22, 2013
Alex Burmistrov posted a picture of a link to the Lawless Article on his Instagram page. Along with the caption "Ne , ne slyshal":
Burmistrov posted a snapshot of the story about him leaving the Jets on Instagram w/a comment "No, I haven't heard." bit.ly/10lafjZ— Dmitry Chesnokov (@dchesnokov) May 22, 2013
Take that for what you will.
What say you Jets fans?