Winnipeg Jets winger Alexander Burmistrov is out $2,000 after being cited a second time this season for diving. It’s Burmistrov’s first diving fine, but the second time a Jets player has been hit with a fine for embellishment this season. Winnipeg’s Nikolaj Ehlers was fined earlier in 2015-16.
The NHL announced Wednesday that Burmistrov picked up a $2,000 fine for diving during a Jan. 26 game against the Arizona Coyotes, the Jets’ final game before the all-star break.
Trying to head up ice in the third period, Burmistrov ran into the stick of Coyotes defenseman Michael Stone and flopped to the ice. Arizona’s bench was immediately motioning to referees that Burmistrov had embellished the play, but to no avail. Stone was handed a tripping minor and Burmistrov headed to the Winnipeg bench:
As with all diving fines, Burmistrov had been flagged once before his first fine was handed down. The first incident in which Burmistrov dove, according to the league, came early in the season when he embellished in an Oct. 27 game against the Los Angeles Kings. While the NHL did not specify when the dive occurred, Burmistrov did draw a hooking penalty with one minute remaining in the first period of that game. Footage from the contest is unavailable through the NHL website.
The diving fine is Burmistrov’s first of the season. Each subsequent fine will carry an additional $1,000 penalty up to a maximum of $5,000. Because the Jets have now incurred two diving fines, coach Paul Maurice could be inching closer to a fine of his own. If another player is cited for diving, he could find himself out $2,000, which would then increase by $1,000 to a $5,000 maximum for subsequent incidents.