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What To Do With Dustin Byfuglien

Byfuglien is scheduled to be a UFA on July 1, 2016.

from Ryan Dixon of Sportsnet,

... they were swept aside in four first-round games by the Anaheim Ducks last spring, but that’s precisely how things went for the Tampa Bay Lighting in 2014, one year before the team advanced to the Cup final. The circumstances don’t perfectly align, but it’s a comparison worth making given Winnipeg’s trajectory and the increasingly wide-open nature of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

With that in mind, the best plan for Winnipeg might be to sit tight and see how the first quarter of the season plays out. If things are coming together, hang on to Byfuglien and see if he can’t help you win a playoff round or two. How nice would that be for a city that hasn’t seen its team on the right side of a handshake line since 1987? Yes, you run the risk he leaves for nothing, but with 21-year-old Trouba, 25-year-old Tyler Myers and prospect Josh Morrissey in the blueline mix, the Jets are positioned to withstand that worst-case scenario.

On the flipside, if watching 20 games reveals goalies Ondrej Pavelec and Michael Hutchinson aren’t up to the task or sees the return of that nasty injury bug that ripped through the Jets’ defence last year, put Byfuglien on the block and see what you can get. It won’t be as much as you would land right now, but that’s not the end of the world for a team with a sturdy prospect pipeline that’s about to spit out forwards like Nikolaj Ehlers, Nic Petan and the aforementioned Morrissey.

In other words, Winnipeg should do what Byfuglien would: take a little gamble and worry about the next move when you must.

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I know the Wings just signed Mike Green, but Byfuglien would be a great fit for them.

Posted by dmorley21 on 08/28/15 at 02:19 PM ET

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Posted by NIVO from underpants gnome village on 08/28/15 at 05:20 PM ET

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Be careful what you wish for Byfuglien can be a maddening defenseman. Yes, he makes things happen from the point and can also cause havoc in front of the net but he also makes brain dead decisions when it comes to playing defense.

Signing him beyond this season is also riddled with risk. You can bet he won’t accept less than 4 years. How well will his notoriously overweight body hold up to reach the end of that contract at 35.

Posted by evileye on 08/31/15 at 10:21 AM ET

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