Alex Burmistrov leaves the Jets for the KHL, more fallout from Daniel Alfredsson’s departure from Ottawa, the problem with David Clarkson’s contract, and the Senators bring back Joe Corvo.
WINNIPEG SUN: Paul Friesen reported on center Alex Burmistrov’s decision to leave the Jets and play for AK Bars Kazan of the KHL. Friesen believes Burmistrov was rushed too soon into the NHL, didn’t get along with current Jets coach Claude Noel, and suggested the reason the Jets didn’t trade him was they couldn’t get a decent return.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Jets still hold the 21-year-old’s rights. Uunless the Jets trade him to another team, if he wants to return to the NHL after his KHL contract expires in two years time, it’ll have to be with Winnipeg. What I’ve noticed over the years is young Russian players who try the NHL and then return to Russia to play rarely return.
THE GLOBE AND MAIL: James Mirtle explains why the Toronto Maple Leafs contract with David Clarkson is a problem. The deal is seven years, unusually lengthy for a player who’ll turn 30 next season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: For the Leafs to get full value out of this seven year deal, Clarkson will have to score 40 or more points in five of those years. No offense to Clarkson, who is an aggressive, hard-working player, but the odds are against him. I fear this contract will become burdensome for player and team before it is half-completed.
OTTAWA SUN: Don Brennan reports the Senators have brought back defenseman Joe Corvo, inking him to a one-year, $900K contract. Brennan also interviewed Senators president/CEO Cyril Leeder, who was “non-committal” about the club eventually retiring Daniel Alfredsson’s number. Leeder also said he didn’t think it was a foregone conclusion Alfredsson, who recently signed with the Detroit Red Wings, would take a job in the Senators front office when his playing days ended.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I believe this link best sums up my feeling about Leeder’s comments. C’mon, everyone knows the Senators will retire Alfredsson’s number after their former captain retires. Leeder’s just being diplomatic. Nothing to see here, folks, move along…