It appears that the Winnipeg Jets will have to do without the services of Alexander Burmistrov again for the coming season, which is terrible news if you actually care about the team.
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