August 06 2013 06:09AM
Photo by clydeorama.
The reasons for Alex Burmistrov's depature to the KHL seemed self-evident, even the morning of July 8th. A four-game benching, limited minutes on a struggling team, and poor linemates were the gifts from a coach to a player having a successful personal season at a young age. It seemed like a form of gaslighting from afar - telling Burmistrov to be better and earn his minutes while at once he couldn't possibly have been better given this circumstances and others on the roster were getting ice time by virtue of some other, non-merit-based criteria. The rumours began in May and his agent confirmed that Burmistrov had little interest in playing for Noel again before the ink was dry with Ak Bars Kazan.
In Ken Wiebe's article linked above, we were left with one unresolved puzzle piece.
"In previous conversations, Burmistrov had been adamant that his primary focus was on playing in the NHL, so what changed?
'It is better to forward this question to Alex,' said Nikolaev [Burmistrov's Agent].
Burmistrov, 21, could not be reached for comment."
Yesterday (yesterday? Time zones hurt my brain), Sport-Express.ru published an interview with Alex Burmistrov that resolved this question in a playa-hatin' quote TMZ would relish.
August 05 2013 07:07AM
We looked at the Depth Chart back in July, and hilariously, I published the article mere hours before news broke that Burmistrov had signed in the KHL. With Burmistrov penciled in, I thought the forward group showed more balance than last year. Without Burmi, I suggested Halischuk might be a target to fill the role.
Well, here we are in August and I'm here to say I told you so. We indeed have Halischuk and "balance" has been left to the circus performers and self-help gurus. If the season started today, what would the Jets depth chart look like? We'll start with the forwards, review the context, and talk about the would-be training camp battles. Be brave, readers.
August 04 2013 06:00AM
Lukas Sutter. Photo by seventwentysk.
Last week we started our sketch of the organization's prospects with Blue Chip and Legitimate Prospects. Today, we look at the Fringe Prospects and Suspects, with a Depth Chart of Prospects at the end.
August 01 2013 10:32PM
It's still the summertime doldrums here at the Nation. With little news expected in the next few weeks before things heat up prior to the season starting articles involve projections, speculation, rumours and British people bombing down hills after a wheel of cheese.
And today we present an article on the new trash button and what it means to society. If you want an article about EV/60 or something else substantiative keep on truckin soldier. If you want to know why we created a trash button that will probably lead to fist fights in the comments section for all eternity read on.
This is an article about the business of the Nation and nothing more. You have been warned.
July 31 2013 04:55PM
Coming into the summer, it was plain to see that it would be a defining one for the future of the franchise and for the legacy of General Manager Kevin Cheveldayoff. Ten picks at the draft for a prospect starved franchise, just 19 contracts signed to the 50 man limit for a chance to re-shape the team, and the first set of season ticket commitments expiring at the end of the 2013-2014 season was the backdrop to the 'Summer of Chevy.' With 23 men on the NHL roster and just over $2M left in cap space, it would appear that the Summer of Chevy is nearly complete.
Our friend Ryan Blight over at Arctice Ice recently wrote a column that is quickly shaping how we talk about this summer in Jets Nation. He contends that by locking up the same core of players put together by Rick Dudley in Atlanta's final year, Cheveldayoff has ensured the squad remains the "woeful Atlanta Thrashers."
The reality is slightly more worrisome for the Jets and their fans. With the evidence of three off-seasons and two years of Jets hockey, I think we can start to fret that Cheveldayoff is a 'low-reward' style manager.