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Bye-bye Burmistrov!

Here’s some fresh news from the Pacific coast that may not seem important, but does take a name off the “centers available” aisle of the Rumor Mill Market..

Vancouver Canucks center Alexander Burmistrov has retired from the NHL, according to agent Dan Milstein. However, an official announcement regarding his future is expected in the coming days. Burmistrov is just 26 years old, so the news of his retirement is certainly unexpected. Some have speculated that he is simply retiring temporarily so he can play in the Olympics. Remember, the NHL is not permitting its players to play in the Olympics this winter, so this may certainly be the case. Still, right now, there is no official word on why Burmistrov has decided to call it quits.

Not Insiders Verdict:  Burmistrov was drafted during a time where lots of Russian players were coming out of the World Junior Championships looking like world-beaters.  There was a near worriless process to go through to have these players come to North America to chase the Stanley Cup.  Players like Burmistrov, Evgeni Grachev, Alexei Cherepanov (RIP), Nikita Filatov and Alexander Radulov were among that group as well, and on the whole, we can now call the experiment what it was – a bust!  Burmistrov started with the Jets, but also was acquired by the Coyotes for a season setting themselves up with key pieces for their franchise overhaul.

Burmistrov never lived up to a number eight overall pick, and I am sure he got frustrated along the way (not when he left for the KHL, just his overall situation.  He was supposed to be a star, but a lack of consustent effort saw him getting less and less prime time minutes, which eroded his confidence, which lowered his production, which starts the cycle again.

Good luck, Alex!  Have fun at the Olympics! 

 

Fiddler retires after 14 seasons

Sep 14, 2017
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Fiddler announced his decision Wednesday in a story for The Players Tribune.The 5-foot-11 center says he thought the New Jersey Devils would be his final team when he signed during the 2016 offseason. But, Fiddler wrote, Nashville general manager David Poile and Devils GM Ray Shero, who launched his professional career, worked out a trade sending him back to the Predators where he started in the NHL.

Fiddler says coming full circle was special with the Predators’ run to the Stanley Cup Final a “perfect way to finish my career.”

He finished with 104 goals and 261 points and also played for the Coyotes and Dallas.


Takeaways:  I have always liked Fiddler as a third line role-player.  He didn’t bring anything flashy to the game, just good solid work ethic and a willingness to drop the gloves for his teammates.  The hat-trick in the video was the first game I ever saw him play in, having only learned about him through EA Sports, and once I watched that, I always expected him to score more.  But, I’ll always settle for a good knuckle-duster!

 
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