Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun sent out the following two tweets about an hour ago:
More on this as the story develops, but it's hard to not be frustrated by this news. Claude Noel really did a significant amount of bridge-burning for the Jets and their young players from overseas. I don't blame Burmi or Arturs Kulda for bolting, and it's really too bad that the hope of them returning any time soon has been dashed.
Some initial reaction from Twitter:
Burmistrov has options, & he is exercising them. That said, when you have almost nothing to show for a 2010 first-rounder, it's a major hit.— PATRICK WILLIAMS (@pwilliamsNHL) May 30, 2014
Let's get it straight: Alex Burmistrov isn't a fantastic hockey player. Having said that he'd look awful good on a team paying James Wright.— TJ Maughan (@tj_maughan) May 30, 2014
Shame Burmi's not coming back, but Chevy basically chose Noel and Jokinen over the kid in 12/13. Can't blame him for staying home.— Robert Cleave (@rmcleave) May 30, 2014