"I was waiting for that, to see what they wanted me to do. That's the team's choice. They decided they wanted to do that, so I have to do it. I will go there and play hockey. If I had the chance it would be nice to play there (Ak-Bars Kazan). I know the coaches, I played there the first time. But (playing in St. John's) is what I have to do. It was a decision we made together so that's fine."
- Winnipeg's Alexander Burmistrov on being assigned to AHL St. John's rather than being allowed to head back to Russia to play.