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Posted: 07/8/2013 11:59 AM | Comments: 0
Last Modified: 07/8/2013 1:00 PM | Updates
The Winnipeg Jets are confirming Twitter reports today that forward Alex Burmistrov has signed with the KHL in Russia.
The club issued the following statement from GM Kevin Cheveldayoff late Monday morning:
"Through our conversations and correspondence with Alex and his agent, it became apparent Alex had a desire to continue his development as a young player in the KHL. He remains a very talented player within the Jets organization and we will continue to monitor his progress and development going forward."
The Jets issued the statement after Russian hockey reporter Igor Eronko tweeted this morning that Burmistrov had signed a two-year contract with the Ak Bars Kazan Bears of the KHL.
Despite signing in the KHL, Burmistrov remains a Restricted Free Agent in the NHL and the Jets retain his rights should he decide to return to the NHL anytime in the next five years.
Burmistrov (6-1, 180, b. 21 Oct 1991, Kazan, Russia) previously played with Ak Bars Kazan during the 2008-09 season.
He was a first round -- 8th overall -- draft pick of the Atlanta Thrashers in 2010. He scored 6 goals and added 14 assists in 74 games with the Thrashers during his rookie 2010-11 season.
Burmistrov’s offensive output improved marginally during the franchise’s first season in Winnipeg -- he scored 13 goals and added 15 assists in 76 games for the Jets in 2011-12.
But his numbers fell off markedly last season, when Burmistrov scored just 4 goals and added 6 assists in 44 games with the Jets.
Updated on Monday, July 8, 2013 at 12:43 PM CDT: updates with more information on Burmistrov and the Jets' rights should he return to the NHL
1:00 PM: corrects references to Ak Bars Kazan
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