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Alexander Burmistrov Wants To Come Back

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Alexander Burmistrov has indicated that he wants to come back to North America to play hockey. The Winnipeg Jets still have his rights.

Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Spor

According to reports out of Russia, former Winnipeg Jet Alexander Burmistrov is again thinking about a return to the NHL. The article quotes Burmistrov as saying that he wants to "try myself across the ocean again, to fulfill my dream and play in the NHL."

Burmistrov left Winnipeg after the 2012-2013 season, while a restricted free agent (RFA). Winnipeg has maintained it's rights to Burmistrov since then, as he played out a two year deal with AK Bars of the KHL.

If the report is true, Burmistrov will be coming back to a Winnipeg Jets' team with a much different landscape than what he left. Center - Burmistrov's natural position - now features three capable players under contract in Bryan Little, Mark Scheifele and Mathieu Perreault. Jim Slater, currently the fourth line center, does become an unrestricted free agent (UFA) at the end of the current season. Burmistrov could see himself slotting in there or competing with newly acquired Matheiu Perrault as the third line center. Alternatively, Burmistrov may be able to stake a claim to a wing position on the third line, with Michael Frolik in the last year of his contract.

And or course there is always the option of a trade.

Regardless of whether or not Burmistrov fits into the Winnipeg Jets future plans, a return to North America means the Winnipeg Jets will have an asset that they can use or move. This is plus, any way you look at it.