Time for Winnipeg Jets to free Alex Burmistrov

Burmistrov has sat out the last 4 1/2 games as a healthy scratch, but with so many games in a short...

Burmistrov has sat out the last 4 1/2 games as a healthy scratch, but with so many games in a short time, his fresh legs could come in handy for the Jets

KEN WIEBE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:00 PM ET

The #freeburmi movement is picking up steam and supporters are likely to get their wish sooner than later.

The Twitterverse outcry was remarkably similar to the buzz created in Toronto after agent Ben Hankinson unleashed a #freeJakeGardiner meant to help his client earn a promotion with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Unlike Gardiner, who is in the minors waiting for his opportunity, Burmistrov has been subjected to four consecutive healthy scratches — and some lung-burning extra conditioning skates with defenceman Paul Postma, whose own healthy scratch total is at five games and counting.

Sorry to disappoint supporters of the #freeburmi movement, but the reason Burmistrov is likely to get back into the lineup when the Winnipeg Jets open a four-game homestand against the Boston Bruins on Tuesday night at MTS Centre is because head coach Claude Noel has delivered his message and now it’s time for the Russian forward to show he can adapt his game.


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