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The Talk Surrounding Dustin Byfuglien

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

‘Beyond Headlines’ is a deeper dive into some of the stories — and even some that weren’t — discussed each week on Hockey Night in Canada’s ‘Headlines’ segment.

We are starting to gain a better understanding of why the Dustin Byfuglien situation is so “complicated.”

That was how Winnipeg Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff described things during an appearance on Hockey Night in Canada from the Heritage Classic last weekend, and since then the curtain has been pulled back ever-so-slightly.

Here’s what we know:

— Byfuglien recently underwent surgery on his ankle, where it was also discovered he had a broken bone in his foot.

— Byfuglien has expressed a willingness to resume his playing career once healthy after previously contemplating retirement.

— The Jets are taking the position that Byfuglien should remain suspended without pay until he is fit to play since he was cleared by doctors at last year’s end-of-season medicals and didn’t report to training camp for fitness testing in September.

Now, there are still a lot of important details unaccounted for. Exactly who told what to whom and when. And why, for example, didn’t Byfuglien just come to camp and avoid the team-issued suspension in the first place?

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