It appears that another club is vying for the services of Alexander Burmistrov. Ak-Bars Kazan, the KHL team that developed Burmistrov back in Russia, has reportedly offered the Winnipeg Jets forward a contract.
Here, in part, is the report from the Edmonton Journal’s Peter Adler:
Shamil Khusnutdinov, the club’s director, is confirming that Kazan has also offered a contract to Alexander Burmistrov of the Winnipeg Jets… Khusnutdinov would not reveal any more details other than the club’s representatives have already talked to Burmistrov who is now in training with Team Russia for the world championships.
Burmistrov played one game for Ak Bars Kazan back in 2008-09, before making the jump to the Ontario Hockey League, but he played for Kazan’s youth clubs as a teenager.
Undoubtedly, Ak Bars Kazan can trump Burmistrov’s current contract – he makes just $1.5 million including bonuses, with a lower base salary as an entry-level player – but this doesn’t seem likely to go through. The NHL and KHL do not have a transfer agreement, but they do have a memorandum of understanding that should prevent either side from signing players with a contract in the other league.
Burmistrov’s agent, Mark Gandler, says the report is without substance:
“Nobody talked to me. The guy is under contract. End of discussion.”