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by Paul on 01/06/14 at 12:12 PM ET
from Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press,
Dustin Byfuglien stands in the way of progress. He either needs to begin moving in the right direction or be removed from the path.
The one-time all-star defenceman must either commit to excellence or be traded. The current approach is unacceptable.
The Winnipeg Jets cannot and will not move forward as a team with Byfuglien as he is currently constructed. He is a foundation piece and his half-the-time good and half-the-time bad output leaves the team with unsure footing.
The guessing and hoping has to end. It has to be now or never, where Byfuglien is concerned. He's either going to decide to be elite and do what is necessary to reach that level or he's going to continue to depreciate.
Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff must determine whether Byfuglien is on the verge of a breakthrough. Will Byfuglien transform into a defenceman the Jets can count on every night? Or will it be the status quo?
If it's the latter, it's time to part ways.
Oops, sorry, this story is from 4/27/13, my fault for not checking the date.
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