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Keep Or Trade Dustin Byfuglien?

Winnipeg Sun hockey writer Ken Wiebe and sports editor Ted Wyman delved into the issue this week and now present their arguments as to which direction the Jets should take.

Sign Buff to a long-term contract: Wiebe
Finding a way to get Dustin Byfuglien's signature on the dotted line is the best option for the Winnipeg Jets.

After bouncing back and forth between defence and forward during the past two seasons, Byfuglien moved back in December out of necessity and took his game to another level.

Though there were still some lapses, the high-risk element was more under control.

The physical component was much more consistent -- just ask the likes of Anze Kopitar and Drew Doughty -- who found themselves on the receiving end of some big hits that ended up on Byfuglien's expansive highlight reel....

Trade Dustin Byfuglien: Wyman
It won’t be an easy decision to make – and it certainly won’t be popular – but the Winnipeg Jets should seriously consider trading Dustin Byfuglien this off-season.

No question, Byfuglien can be a dynamic player, a rarity who can easily shift from defence to forward and back again and a big presence who can dominate physically while making significant contributions on the scoreboard.

But he can also be a liability on the blue-line, as evidenced by Claude Noel’s decision to move him permanently to forward in 2014 and Paul Maurice’s decision to keep him there for the first 26 games of last season.

And then there’s the issue of his contract status, which complicates the matter considerably....

much more from each...

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Yes please.

Posted by captaineclectic on 05/28/15 at 02:52 PM ET

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Gotta trade him.

To Detroit.

For Kindl and Smith.

Or Ericsson.

Or Ericsson and Kindl.  And Smith.

Posted by Garth on 05/28/15 at 03:10 PM ET

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I think Weiss would look great in aviator blue.

Or Howard.

Posted by captaineclectic on 05/28/15 at 03:15 PM ET

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