The Winnipeg Jets have struggled to remain in the playoff hunt just one season after the franchise saw post-season action for the second time ever – but depth forward Alexander Burmistrov hasn’t been a huge part of the problem.
That doesn’t mean he hasn’t gotten himself in some trouble, though.
The NHL announced on Thursday afternoon that Burmistrov had been fined $2,000 for his second official embellishment warning. Per the league’s announcement:
“Burmistrov was issued a warning following an incident flagged by NHL Hockey Operations during NHL Game No. 131 against Los Angeles on October 27th. His second citation, which triggered the $2,000 fine, was issued for an incident at 7:45 of the third period during NHL Game No. 737 against Arizona on January 26th. Burmistrov drew a tripping penalty to Coyotes defenseman Michael Stone on the play.
The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.”
Burmistrov isn’t the first player this season to be issued the fine, and he likely won’t be the last. Through February 4th, the league has seen six other players given the $2,000 fee for attempting to draw penalties – including one other member of the Jets franchise, Nikolaj Ehlers (who was fined on December 29th for the infraction).
The league fine will have no effect on whether Burmistrov is eligible to play in any of Winnipeg’s upcoming games; although there is a graduated fine that slowly charges players more for each embellishment warning given by the league, there is never a suspension attached to the infraction.