GLENDALE - New Coyotes center Alexander Burmistrov is nearing the finish line in his journey through the work visa process.
The Winnipeg Jets placed Burmistrov on waivers on Jan. 1 and the Coyotes claimed him on Jan. 2. He quickly joined the team in Vancouver on Jan. 3, but he has been there ever since awaiting his visa. The U.S. government approved his visa this week, but now Burmistrov is waiting to get his passport back from the government. Once that happens, most likely on Thursday, he'll be off to Arizona on the next direct flight.
The Coyotes are hopeful Burmistrov can join them in time for Friday's home game vs. Winnipeg. Playing his first game with Arizona against the Jets, the franchise that drafted him eighth overall in 2010, would certainly provide added motivation for the 25-year-old Russian, and a fun story line for the media and fans.
Burmistrov notched 30 goals and 51 assists in 298 games with the Jets franchise. This season, however, other centers passed him on the depth chart and he played only 23 games for Winnipeg. He last played for the Jets on Dec. 6.
Burmistrov is the second center the Coyotes have claimed off waivers this season. Center Josh Jooris has notched one assist in nine games with Arizona since joining the team on Dec. 11.
The most famous waiver wire pickup in Coyotes history is goalie Ilya Bryzgalov. The team claimed Bryzgalov on Nov. 17, 2007 and his impact was immediate and long-term. He posted a shutout vs. Los Angeles on the same day he was claimed, and he went on to earn a franchise record 130 victories over four seasons.
Other noteworthy waiver wire pickups across the NHL through the years include: Chris Kunitz by Anaheim in 2005, Rich Peverley by Atlanta in 2009, and Michael Grabner by the New York Islanders in 2010.
• Forward Brendan Perlini, who is playing for Tucson of the American Hockey League this week as the Coyotes enjoy their "bye week," notched a hat trick for the Roadrunners on Tuesday night in a 5-2 win over Manitoba.
Coyotes General Manager John Chayka was in Tucson for the game and witnessed Perlini's feat.
"He continues to trend in the right way," Chayka told Arizona Sports 98.7 FM, the team's flagship radio station, on Wednesday morning. "For a league that's starving for goals, he certainly is kind of a rare asset that we hope to build around."
Perlini is expected to be recalled from the AHL on Thursday when the Coyotes reassemble for their first practice after the "bye week."
• Forward Anthony Duclair will wear a microphone for the FOX Sports Arizona broadcast of Friday's game vs. Winnipeg. Forward Jordan Martinook was supposed to have worn one for that game, but he is not expected to play because of injury.