The Winnipeg Jets started free agency by locking up two of their own players and bringing back another.
Winnipeg agreed to terms on a two-year contract with forward Alexander Burmistrov and one-year deals with defenceman Adam Pardy and forward Matt Halischuk. Versatile winger Michael Frolik left to sign a US$21.5-million, five-year contract with the Calgary Flames.
The 23-year-old Burmistrov has spent the past two seasons in the Kontinental Hockey League with Ak-Bars Kazan. He spent his first three professional seasons with the Atlanta/Winnipeg franchise, scoring 23 goals and adding 35 assists in 194 NHL games.
“I heard from guys, he’s a super good guy and he’s got a ton of skill,” Pardy said on a conference call. “I’m hoping that he’s coming in here to buy into our game and fill a big hole that we’re going to miss with Fro.”
QUEBEC – Quebec City would be a great place for the National Hockey League to expand, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Thursday.
“If you’re looking at markets, I would certainly say to the NHL, to anyone, there is no better place for an expansion team in the National Hockey League than this city, Quebec, which is a great hockey centre,” he told a news conference in the provincial capital after an unrelated announcement.
Harper’s comment came a day after NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said the league will begin a formal expansion process next month.
The Manitoba Junior Hockey League will open its regular 2015-16 season on September 25.
The 60-game schedule will see the defending MJHL and RBC Cup champions Portage Terriers open their season in Virden against the Oil Capitals at 7:30 p.m.
Moving into the playoffs, a total of 10 teams will make the post-season. Teams finishing seventh to 10 will participate in separate, best-of-three Survivor Series to determine playoff seeding. The seventh-place team will play No. 10, while No. 8 will face off against No. 9. Winners then move on to the regular playoff format which will be best-of-seven series.
The Winnipeg Jets will open their 2015-16 pre-season at home against their northern rivals the Minnesota Wild on September 22.
That’s just one of a seven-game pre-season schedule released Friday by the club. Following that, the Jets will hit the road to face the Edmonton Oilers at Rexall Place on September 23. The Oilers will then pay Winnipeg a visit on September 25. The Jets wrap up the exhibition schedule on October 1 and 3 with a pair of games against the Calgary Flames.
Prior to the NHL pre-season, the Jets will play in the Young Stars Classic in Penticton, BC September 11-14 against the Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers and Vancouver Canucks.