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by Paul on 11/08/11 at 11:06 AM ET
from Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun,
The head coach of the Winnipeg Jets spent a good chunk of Monday’s meeting with the media defending the play of Byfuglien, who has been subject to plenty of criticism in the early stages of the season for his limited production and routinely getting caught up ice and out of position.
“He likes playing defence and I don’t think he sees himself as a forward,” said Noel. “If you want to go down that road, that’s an area I’m not prepared to go right now. We’ll keep him playing defence. There are some things he can give us back there. Right now, I’m not entertaining the thought of moving him up front.”
Byfuglien was at the rink for Monday’s optional skate, but didn’t go on the ice and wasn’t around to speak with reporters by the time the room was opened up for interviews.
Byfuglien seems to be frustrated by his play and it’s clear he’s trying to work through it.
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