Alexander Burmistrov did not clear waivers after he was waived yesterday and instead was claimed by the Arizona Coyotes. This is a good outcome for Burmistrov who was looking at his first AHL stint since 2012-13 unless another team claimed him.
ARIZ claims Burmistrov— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) January 2, 2017
This means that his $1.5 million dollar contract is now off of the Winnipeg Jets salary cap. He gets a much-needed fresh start in Arizona where he can hopefully find the player who was key for the Jets until he left for the KHL in 2013. If that player can be found again, this is a great move for the Coyotes.
This marks the end of Burmistrov’s time with the Jets where he played 298 games between the Atlanta Thrashers and the Winnipeg Jets scoring 30 goals and 51 assists for 81 points in those games. Burmistrov represents a player who never reached the potential that he showed as a junior player, possibly because the Atlanta Thrashers rushed him into the NHL when he was 18 instead of leaving him in junior for at least another year.