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The Winnipeg Jets May Be Shopping Dustin Byfuglien

from Ted Wyman of the Winnipeg Sun,

A report that the Winnipeg Jets have offered all-star defenceman Dustin Byfuglien to the New York Islanders for defenceman Travis Hamonic really should come as no surprise to anyone.

Who wouldn’t want to trade a 30-year-old pending unrestricted free agent for a 25-year-old with a long-term, team-friendly contract?

And why in the world would the Islanders be interested in such a deal?

Unless the Jets were to significantly sweeten that deal with younger players, prospects and/or draft picks, it simply wouldn’t make sense for the Islanders. Even then, Byfuglien for two-thirds of a year might not be enough return for a player with Hamonic’s ability.

So the Islanders said no.

But you can’t ignore the fact that if the report is true, it means the Jets are certainly willing to ship Byfuglien out this season for the right price.

The report from Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman on Monday also shows the Jets would love to have Hamonic, but aren’t prepared to trade either Jacob Trouba or Tyler Myers to get him.

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NIVO's avatar

O.K.,  I’m gonna take this opportunity to pretend its “do the opposite day”. Kenny, DON’T put a package together to get Fuggy. Don’t consider making a trade meaningful for once. Don’t get rid of Brendan “hot apple TURNOVER” Smith. And certainly DON’T consider trading away Pulkimon in that package too.

Why in the world hasn’t someone suggested to #56 he go see an optometrist? The heavy shot means jack all if you can’t see anything out there. Now he just doesn’t miss the net by mere inches; he misses the net like Wild Thing throwing a baseball in Major League.  <facepalm>

Posted by NIVO from underpants gnome village on 11/30/15 at 08:04 PM ET

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I think Pulkinnen is getting a bad wrap already.  For his first NHL season I think he is playing pretty well.  He’s 4th in Goals, and Shooting %.

Posted by topshelf14 from Detroit, MI on 11/30/15 at 09:03 PM ET

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Don’t get rid of Brendan “hot apple TURNOVER” Smith.

Why do you guys:  1.) rip Smith to shreds for how much he sucks, then 2.) turn around and try to consider him a valuable trade chip/asset that another team wants/covets?

There’s a serious disconnect there with that logic, I’m sorry.  “This guy is garbage!  We should trade him for a great return!”.

Why in the world hasn’t someone suggested to #56 he go see an optometrist? The heavy shot means jack all if you can’t see anything out there. Now he just doesn’t miss the net by mere inches; he misses the net like Wild Thing throwing a baseball in Major League.  <facepalm>

Posted by NIVO from underpants gnome village on 11/30/15 at 08:04 PM ET

Because he’s young and still developing?

Pavel Datsyuk used to play awful defense.  Brett Hull used to shoot and miss a ton in his early days, which is why he has trouble sticking.  Kris Draper once sucked at faceoffs.  Steve Yzerman was too selfish and not good enough in his own end.  Brian Rafalski was too small and vulnerable to physical play and turnovers..

Dylan Larkin falls down a lot, so he obviously can’t really skate and never will.  Let’s trade him too, along with Anthony Mantha who isn’t scoring 50 goals/year yet so he never will.

Posted by Primis on 11/30/15 at 09:35 PM ET

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Pavel Datsyuk used to play awful defense.  Brett Hull used to shoot and miss a ton in his early days, which is why he has trouble sticking.  Kris Draper once sucked at faceoffs.  Steve Yzerman was too selfish and not good enough in his own end.  Brian Rafalski was too small and vulnerable to physical play and turnovers..

Dylan Larkin falls down a lot, so he obviously can’t really skate and never will.  Let’s trade him too, along with Anthony Mantha who isn’t scoring 50 goals/year yet so he never will.

All good points. Some players just need time to develop. Since the Red Wings are still rebuilding on the fly, this will be true probably for another couple of years. The sad thing is Datsyuk, Zetterberg, and Kronwall aren’t getting younger. surprised

Posted by bigfrog on 11/30/15 at 09:54 PM ET

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Why do you guys:  1.) rip Smith to shreds for how much he sucks, then 2.) turn around and try to consider him a valuable trade chip/asset that another team wants/covets?

So you see the words “get rid of” and interpret that to mean “trade him, because this guys has a lot value”?

Posted by Garth on 11/30/15 at 09:57 PM ET

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i never pronounce his name correctly in my head after Babs mispronounced it purposely. 

Posted by solar on 11/30/15 at 10:58 PM ET

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So you see the words “get rid of” and interpret that to mean “trade him, because this guys has a lot value”?

Context clues indicate that in this case, ‘get rid of’ means ‘trade’. You’re free to disagree, but the context is clearly there.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 12/01/15 at 01:03 AM ET

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O.K.,  I’m gonna take this opportunity to pretend its “do the opposite day”. Kenny, DON’T put a package together to get Fuggy. Don’t consider making a trade meaningful for once. Don’t get rid of Brendan “hot apple TURNOVER” Smith.

So why would anyone give up anything for “hot apple TURNOVER”

 

Posted by George0211 on 12/01/15 at 08:12 AM ET

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So you see the words “get rid of” and interpret that to mean “trade him, because this guys has a lot value”?

Posted by Garth on 11/30/15 at 09:57 PM ET

Because he’s included in every single proposed trade posted on here?  Because it’s talked about constantly?

Do you actually read anything anyone says, or just post blindly on here?

Posted by Primis on 12/01/15 at 09:00 AM ET

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Context clues indicate that in this case, ‘get rid of’ means ‘trade’.

Yeah, I was talking about the part where Smith has value, thanks.

Do you actually read anything anyone says, or just post blindly on here?

Yeah, I do.  And unlike you, I actually comprehend it, too.

The reason everyone wants Smith tacked onto any trade is because he sucks.

Nobody who has proposed him being included in a trade did so because he’s going to get “a great return”.

Hell, you seem to have missed the fact that it’s become a running joke.  “The Wings should go for *insert essential player that the team would never move*, and they can offer Smith, Kindl, Andersson and Cleary.”  Get it?  People want Holland to package Detroit’s garbage and use it to steal a great player from another team.

Have you been reading all these scenarios under the assumption that people think Smith could bring back a great return?

Seriously?

Posted by Garth on 12/01/15 at 10:08 AM ET

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bingo Garth, you summed it up right there. The trash does indeed need to be put on the curb.

Posted by NIVO from underpants gnome village on 12/01/15 at 01:16 PM ET

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To get things a little more back on topic. I’d rather they don’t look into a trade for Big Buff. He is an unique player and possesses some skills the Wings could desperately use but he has plenty of liabilities too, way too much to be the top 2 solution the Wings need. With the price bound to be very high, it’s simply not worth the risk. Consider it in the offseason if he gets to free agency.

That being said, I think acquiring Buff would require Tatar or Nyquist to be part of the deal. Notice I said PART. You might be able to throw in Smith just to get him out of town but it is the other pieces that will hurt. Winnipeg would probably take DeKeyser plus some picks/prospects for Buff but I wouldn’t like that move and I’m p[retty sure the Wings brass wouldn’t do that one either.

With Winnipeg facing losing both Buff and Ladd they’ll be looking for pieces to replace them. Their prospect list is pretty full. They need NHL ready players in any deal.

Posted by evileye on 12/01/15 at 02:21 PM ET

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Posted by evileye on 12/01/15 at 02:21 PM ET

Buff may not cost as much as some people think due to the fact that he is going to be UFA this summer.
Winnipeg is a team on a budget, so may not be able to afford him so they risk losing him for nothing.
Same applies to teams interested in trading for him, they won’t want to give up a lot and then lose him in the summer anyway.
Also, Wings may not be able to fit him in their salary structure either.

Posted by George0211 on 12/01/15 at 02:29 PM ET

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