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Dustin Byfuglien’s Contract Has Been Mutually Resolved, Contract Terminated

NEW YORK/TORONTO (April 17, 2020) – The National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players’ Association announced today that the Winnipeg Jets and Player Dustin Byfuglien have mutually resolved the grievance filed by Mr. Byfuglien following his suspension by the Club in September 2019. Pursuant to the agreement, Byfuglien’s standard player’s contract with the Club has been terminated, effective immediately.

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The Winnipeg Jets Are Trying To Move Dustin Byfuglien

from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

Another day, another twist in the  saga.

Turns out, the Winnipeg Jets have waited to pull the trigger on a mutual contract termination with  because multiple sources say the Jets are attempting to exhaust all trade options for the hulking defenceman.

After being thrust into an uncomfortable position by Byfuglien at the start of the season, Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff is now seeking to salvage a return.

Sources say suitors have been in regular contact with Cheveldayoff over the last weeks about Byfuglien’s future, but talks have only intensified in recent days leading up to the NHL’s Feb. 24 trade deadline.

There is no guarantee that Byfuglien will be dealt – in part because of the fact that sources say he remains a long shot to return to the ice this season – but Big Buff’s mere potential impact warrants his debut at No. 10 on the latest TSN Trade Bait board.

Why would a team be interested in Byfuglien now?

If a team believes they could successfully lure him back to the rink, Byfuglien’s once massive $7.6 million salary cap hit has dwindled down to just a prorated $1.84 million now with only 45 days left in the regular season.

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The Winnipeg Players On The News Dustin Byfuglien May Have Played His Last Game For The Jets

from Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun,

The news that Byfuglien has likely played his last game with the team drew a mixture of disappointment and indifference with former teammates.

The latter sentiment applied to forward Andrew Copp, who called the topic a “media-driven talking point.”

“It was out of sight, out of mind, honestly,” Copp said. “We have so much to worry about within the group that’s here. It wasn’t anything I thought of, or many of the guys in here were thinking about.”

Across the room, defenceman Josh Morrissey was one of those who had been wondering about his old defence partner.

“Yeah, I always was hoping that maybe he’d want to come back,” Morrissey said. “Obviously he’s a big hole to fill, and it’s been tough not having him. I always held out hope that he would come back.”

Forward Kyle Connor also hadn’t given up on the notion of seeing No. 33 back on the blue line.

“We were all pretty hopeful. I know I was,” Connor said. “What was it, the past four seasons he led our team in ice time? He’s a pretty dominant player when he’s out there in force. That’s just tremendous what he would bring to the table. So, yeah, it’s disappointing.”

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Report- Dustin Byfuglien Could Soon Have UFA Status

from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

The Winnipeg Jets’ salary cap picture appears to finally be coming into clearer focus three weeks before TradeCentre.

The Jets and defenceman Dustin Byfuglien are working toward a mutual contract termination over the next several days, according to multiple sources, which would formally end his suspension and bring to a close the grievance Byfuglien filed in November.

For the Jets, the termination would bring much-needed clarity to their salary cap picture, freeing up GM Kevin Cheveldayoff to use the $7.6 million in space they have earmarked for Byfuglien all season in case he returned to play or successfully grieved his suspension.

If executed, the contract termination would also make Byfuglien an unrestricted free agent, free to resume his career with any team of his choosing.


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The Latest On Dustin Byfuglien

from Mike McIntyre and Jason Bell of the Winnipeg Free Press,

Dustin Byfuglien and the Winnipeg Jets have taken a big step towards mending his broken ankle — and possibly their fractured relationship.

Byfuglien has started a post-surgery rehabilitation program in consultation with the Jets that brings him closer to a potential on-ice return with the team later this season, the Free Press has learned.

Although he's working with medical staff at an independent clinic, there's been ongoing communication with the organization including recommendations for his treatment which are being pursued, two sources confirmed Tuesday.

It's also worth noting that what appeared to be a looming arbitration case between Byfuglien and the Jets still has no set date. 


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NHLPA Files A Grievance On Behalf Of Dustin Byfuglien

from Scott Billeck of the Winnipeg Sun,

The National Hockey League Players’ Association, on behalf of Winnipeg Jets defenceman Dustin Byfuglien, has filed a grievance against the NHL challenging his suspension from the team.

A source confirmed the news of the filing to the Winnipeg Sun on Wednesday. The NHLPA had a 60-day period in which to file the grievance. Byfuglien was suspended on Sept. 21, meaning the final day to do so would have been Wednesday.

But a source said the deadline was “debatable” but that it was “important” that the union filed today to avoid the debatable part entirely.


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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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The Latest On Dustin Byfuglien

via Bob McKenzie tweets,

As just reported on @NBCSN, Dustin Byfuglien recently underwent ankle surgery to take care of unresolved issues from the high-ankle sprain he suffered late last season. What that means for his future and whether it could, in time, lead to his return to WPG remains to be seen.

It’s certainly premature to say Byfuglien will return to active duty in the NHL this season, but there is a sense if he does feel healthy again, he may be inclined to return at some point.

It’s believed one of the biggest factors why Byfuglien opted not to play this season is because his ankle was so troublesome. That begs the question, why not report to WPG training camp, go on injured reserve, rehab it or get surgery or whatever and get paid to do so?

Elliotte Friedman tweet,

On Byfuglien: surgery was last week. Recovery expected to take until the New Year — and we’ll see what he decides. This adds an extra layer around his contract situation, too, because he can argue he deserves to be paid while recovering from a legitimate injury.

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Video- Saturday Headlines

The panel of Chris Johnston and Elliotte Friedman joined Ron MacLean and discussed the Pens/CBJ game tonight plus a rumor of Robert Kraft showing interest in the Senators (not true).

The situation with Dustin Byfuglien plus a few other topics including a contract update on Alex Pietranglo plus Patrick Marleau may be joining an NHL team.

Then what is up with Josh Ho-Sang and a CBA update.

via Sportsnet,


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The Latest On Dustin Byfuglien


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Dustin Byfuglien Contemplating His NHL Future

Check out McKenzie's recent tweets for more on this.

added 9:31am,


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Dustin Byfuglien Will Be Out For Some Time


If you missed the video of the injury yesterday, you can watch it here.

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Video- Dustin Byfuglien Suffered A Lower-Body Injury

from Emily Sadler of Sportsnet,

Winnipeg Jets defenceman Dustin Byfuglien left Saturday’s loss to the Minnesota Wild with an apparent leg injury, and did not return.

Midway through the third period, the defenceman collided awkwardly with Wild forward Luke Kunin when he attempted to retrieve the puck against the Jets’ end boards. Byfuglien appeared to be in immediate discomfort, doing his best to avoid putting weight on his left leg. Play was stopped, as the Jets had possession of the puck, and Byfuglien was helped off the ice by teammates and a trainer. Replay showed Kunin make contact with his left leg around the knee area.


The Jets say more information tomorrow on Big Buff.

Watch the injury below.

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Dustin Byfuglien Fined For A Slash

NEW YORK (Dec. 28, 2018) – Winnipeg Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien has been fined $2,500 for slashing Calgary Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau during NHL Game No. 574 in Winnipeg on Thursday, Dec. 27, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 17:51 of the third period. Byfuglien was assessed a minor penalty for slashing.

The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

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Was Dustin Byfuglien Fine?

via TSN,

Byfuglien was noticeably wobbly and struggled to his feet after colliding with Penguins defenceman Jamie Oleksiak in the second period of Tuesday's game and needed help from teammates to get back onto the team's bench.

Byfuglien was then pulled from the game to go through the NHL's concussion protocol. He passed testing and returned to the game later in the frame, logging a total of 22:03 of ice time in the loss.

Dreger said there is no assumption from the league, adding the "NHL regularly follows up on a nightly basis to assure protocol is being appropriately enforced."

Jets head coach Paul Maurice said after the contest that Byfuglien was "fine."

“There isn’t really a whole lot there. He went in, got checked out. He’s fine,” Maurice said. “Came back out and played.”

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Video- Boys Will Be Boys Dallas/Winnipeg

19:58 Dallas Marc Methot - Holding - 2 minutes
19:58 Winnipeg Dustin Byfuglien - Cross-checking - 2 minutes
20:00 Winnipeg Adam Lowry - Fighting - 5 minutes
20:00 Dallas Brett Ritchie - Fighting - 5 minutes

Keep an eye on Dustin Byfuglien.


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Video- A Sit Down With Dustin Byfuglien

via Sportsnet,

Dustin Byfuglien sits down with Christine Simpson to talk about how the fans in Winnipeg support the Jets and why he wanted to be a part of the city and the team.


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Ryan Reaves On Dustin Byfuglien

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Videos- What You May Have Missed From Last Night

Brad Marchand being Brad Marchand.



from Isabelle Khurshudyan of the Washington Post on a Dustin Byfuglien slash...

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Dustin Byfuglien Considered Week-to-Week

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Dustin Byfuglien On The Upcoming Season

from Jason Bell of the Winnipeg Free Press,

"It was another fast summer that flew by… now, just looking forward to getting this going again," said the 6-5 blue-liner, who’s still listed at 260 pounds in the Jets camp notes. Observers here, however, are unanimous in their belief the 32-year-old who hails from Roseau, Minn., looks his leanest since arriving in Winnipeg in 2011 with the rest of his transplanted Atlanta Thrashers teammates....

Byfuglien was asked what it will take for the Jets to make the huge leap from a non-playoff squad to perennial league contender.

"We gotta believe in each other. We can’t worry about anybody but what’s in this locker room and who’s putting that jersey on," he said. "Believe in one another and go out on the ice and stick to the game plan that we have. Just go out there and do your job the way you’re supposed to do it and you should be all right.

"Everyone is that much older, wiser, a little bit more experienced. That’s all we can go on from right here. It’s just a couple days into training camp and we haven’t done nothing yet. There’s a lot of steps we’ve got to go forward to. We’ve just got to keep working."


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Video-Dustin Byfuglien On His World Cup Experience And More

Dustin Byfuglien on his World Cup experience and Jacob Trouba.


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Dustin Byfuglien Is A Key Player For Team USA

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

The physical attributes -- the 31-year-old is a beast-like 6-foot-5, 260 pounds -- are one thing, but Team USA head coach John Tortorella loves the personality of the Roseau, Minnesota, native.

"He’s a bit of a renegade," Tortorella said. "I like the enthusiasm. I like the jam that he’ll bring. So there’s a variety of things that he can do for this club as we go through this tournament.

"The thing that I’ve always liked about him is that he’s different as far as personality, and I think we need that on our club."

Well, OK, Tortorella likes the shot, too.

"The thing I like about him is that he’s thinking shot, too," he said. "It’s not about overpassing, especially on the power play. He may not score but it’s probably the best pass, him shooting, how hard he shoots. Something good’s going to happen if it doesn’t go in the net. There’s going to be some rebounds. There’s going to be puck retrievals."


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Video- Dustin Byfuglien Hit on Mark Stone

No penalty for Byfuglien on the Stone hit.


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On the relationship between NHL players and lost teeth

From the AP's Larry Lage:

Hall of Famer Chris Pronger has great-looking choppers, though they're not the ones he was born with, and Winnipeg Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien can pop a perfect-looking tooth in and out like he's a magician.

Despite player safety being scrutinized by the league more than ever and technological advances in equipment, hockey players are going to lose teeth. The only way to help players keep their teeth is to force them to attach full-cage masks to their helmets. And that, in the NHL at least, is not going to happen any time soon if ever.

If a player chooses to wear a mouth guard, he may help his chances of not having a concussion. His pearly whites, though, are still at risk from a puck, a stick, the ice or a check into the boards.

"I've pulled teeth out of mouth guards," Detroit Red Wings equipment manager Paul Boyer said. "They're not designed to keep the teeth in the mouth."


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A Five-Year Contract Extension For Dustin Byfuglien In Winnipeg

via a press release from the Winnipeg Jets,

The Winnipeg Jets today announced they have signed defenceman Dustin Byfuglien to a five-year contract extension with an average annual value of $7.6 million.

Byfuglien, 30, has recorded 32 points (15G, 17A) so far this season while appearing in all 52 games and sits in a tie for second amongst all NHL defencemen with his 15 goals. Byfuglien leads the Jets so far this season in shots (163), penalty minutes (78) and ice time (24:14 per game). The native of Roseau, MN, was named to the 2016 NHL All-Star Game in Nashville, TN where he recorded a goal and an assist for the Central Division team. Byfuglien has been named to the All-Star Game in each of the last four seasons that the game has taken place (2011, 2012, 2015, 2016).

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Waiting On Dustin Byfuglien

from Gary Lawless of TSN,

Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff and Byfuglien’s agent Ben Hankinson are working on reaching a contract extension which would keep the defenceman in Winnipeg for several years going forward.

Most guesses have the Jets and Hankinson discussing a five-year term with an annual average value north of $7-million. Talks have increased in regularity over the last few days and there now seems to be a sense of urgency to reach a conclusion. If a deal is going to be worked out, it could happen in the next week.

With the trade deadline set for Feb. 29, time is getting scarce. The Jets need an answer. And that answer will create a ripple effect across the NHL.

The Jets need to know where they stand. Cheveldayoff’s phone continues to ring and teams say his message right now is his focus is on signing Byfuglien and until there is clarity on that front, the future of Ladd can’t be discussed.

Byfuglien, and his decision to stay in Winnipeg or wait and go to free agency in July, is holding up a lot of people.

Cheveldayoff will be prepared for a number of scenarios....

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Dustin Byfuglien Could Be A Fit For The Los Angeles Kings

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

If the Jets can't re-sign him, they should be able to cash in a fairly big return for Byfuglien before the Feb. 29 trade deadline.

One team I've mentioned before as a potential fit is the Los Angeles Kings. On the one hand, I wondered if the Kings could be in on the Byfuglien market without a first-round pick (they lost that pick for Andrej Sekera last season), which is normally part of the price to pay for a high-end rental.

On the other hand, the Kings could have players in their system that would interest the Jets if they ever decide to move Byfuglien. He would be such a great fit in L.A., allowing the Kings to finally replace Slava Voynov on the right side.

To me, that would be the final piece for a Kings team already among the top five contenders in the league.

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Dustin Byfuglien On His Future

from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

The question posed to Dustin Byfuglien at Friday’s All-Star media availability was a simple one, if not obvious.

Assuming that the dollars and term are equal around the NHL, is his preference to remain in Winnipeg?

Byfuglien’s answer did not exactly sound like a ringing endorsement.

“I just want to put on a jersey, to be honest with you,” Byfuglien said. “I don’t mind Winnipeg at all. It’s close to home for me - it’s probably the closest I’ll ever get to play by home. There’s so many good things that I like about Winnipeg. I can do my outdoor stuff that I love to do.

“I have no problem being up there.”

Byfuglien’s laid-back style can sometimes cloud his intended impact, and it’s dangerous to read too much into one quote. But saying “I have no problem being up there” is different than “I want to be there.”


from Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun,

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Garrioch: Deadline points of interest remain Winnipeg, St. Louis, New York (and Tampa Bay)

According to the Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch, NHL GM's are entering the period in which they must decide whether they're going to buy to "contend" or sell at the trade deadline, which hits on February 29th this year. That's not an easy decision to make given how tight the standings have been and will continue to remain going forward.

The focal points of trade deadline interest remain the following non-Steven Stamkos players:

Winnipeg Jets: All eyes are on captain Andrew Ladd and blueliner Dustin Byfuglien. “I don’t believe they’ll both be there after the deadline,” a league executive said Friday. The talk is the Jets tabled a six-year, $6 million deal to Ladd before the season, and that somehow the deal will get done.

Nobody is quite as optimistic about Byfuglien. He has emerged as one of the best players in the league, is a difference maker, and will cash in on the UFA market in the summer. “He’s just a hell of player,” said the executive.

St. Louis Blues: We’re not talking about a franchise with an ownership group that has deep pockets. GM Doug Armstrong has apparently put talks with centre David Backes on hold and with a $4.5 million cap hit he’s going to want a big raise if he’s going to stay with the Blues.

He could fetch a lot in return but the Blues are a contender in the West and they should be looking to add, not subtract. Teams will call but Armstrong has to tread carefully here.

New York Islanders: The sense is there won’t be any deal involving defenceman Travis Hamonic, who asked for a trade a personal reasons, until the NHL entry draft in June. A league executive said: “Garth Snow isn’t going to make this deal unless he gets good value in return.”

Teams have been calling the Isles about UFA winger Kyle Okposo, and why not? You never know where Snow is concerned, but the 27-year-old has a $2.7 million cap hit. The thinking amongst teams is he won’t be going anywhere because the Islanders are in the race and want to stay there.

Garrioch continues, addressing the Canucks, Lightning and Canadiens' situations.

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Report- What It May Take To Sign Andrew Ladd, Dustin Byfuglien And Jacob Trouba

from Tim Campbell of the Winnipeg Free Press,

The Winnipeg Jets are facing more than $152 million worth of future contract demands from three key players who are in expiring years of their contracts.

League and player sources have confirmed that Jets captain Andrew Ladd has asked for a six-year deal worth at least $41 million, that defenceman Dustin Byfuglien has requested $55 million over eight years and that defenceman Jacob Trouba wants more than $56 million over the maximum eight years allowed in the league’s CBA with its players.

It’s important to note that these numbers have been basically starting points from each of the player’s camps in their negotiations with the Jets. GM Kevin Cheveldayoff has not commented at all on potential progress or stumbling blocks to talks.



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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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Video- What Happens When You Try To Hit Dustin Byfuglien

via Sportsnet,

Check this out as Nazem Kadri gets stood up big time by Dustin Byfuglien, but the Maple Leafs forward lived to joke about it after the game.


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Video- No Supplemental Discipline For Dustin Byfuglien

Patrick Burke explains the decision.



added 12:52pm, before the decision came down today and after his meeting, Byfuglien met with the media, watch below...

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Dustin Byfuglien Will Have A Hearing With The NHL


If you missed the hit, watch it here.

added 5:15pm, Sportsnet has some different views of the hit too, watch below...

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Video- Dustn Byfuglien Hit On Brendan Gallagher


Byfuglien received 2 for elbowing.


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Video- Dustin Byfuglien Hit On Jason Pominville

I do not like these kind of hits at all.  Your thoughts?


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Video- Dustin Byfuglien Charge On Jay Bouwmeester

I retweeted a Vine of this hit from Byfuglien earlier, but the video does more justice.

FYI, Byfuglien received an extra two for charging and the Blues did score while on the PP, making the score 4-2 and that is how it ended.



added 6:36pm, Earlier in the game, Jacob Trouba made contact to the head of Troy Brouwer, no penalty on the play.  Watch below..

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Dustin Byfuglien On Staying With The Winnipeg Jets

from Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun,

Speaking to local reporters for the first time since the Jets were eliminated from the playoffs by the Anaheim Ducks last April, Byfuglien expressed his desire to stick around long-term but conceded the prospect of becoming an unrestricted free agent next summer for the first time in his career was intriguing.

One thing Byfuglien isn't concerned about is his contract talks becoming a potential distraction.

“I have people to take care of that and they're talking,” said Byfuglien, who had 18 goals and 45 points in 69 games last season. “There's beautiful lakes around here. Everything is great. (Becoming a free agent) would be a change. It would be different. No, I would love to stay here and be a Jet for (the rest) of my career, but business is business and I've got to come to the rink and do my job every day.

“There are a few guys (on the Jets) who are telling me to sign, but if it was that easy, it would be done.”

At the end of the day, Byfuglien's focus is on getting out of the gate strong.

“If I get off to a better start, it's only going to help me look better,” said Byfuglien. “I just have to be myself and make sure that we're ready as a team and that we're going to go out there in the same direction we were going last year.”

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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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Morning Line- Ted Wyman On Dustin Byfuglien

In many ways the Jets would be better off without Byfuglien, especially if they can get a decent return. That, of course, is more easily said than done given his contract status and age (30).

If the Jets won’t — or can’t — move Byfuglien they will either have to sign him to a long-term contract or lose him outright to free agency.

Neither of those options sound very good.

-Ted Wyman of the Winnipeg Sun on Dustin Byfuglien.  Read more on this topic from Wyman.

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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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Paul Maurice On Dustin Byfuglien

from Tim Campbell of the Winnipeg Free Press,

... That’s when it got intense. Maurice was asked directly about Byfuglien’s choice of answers today.

"Four or five? Ten," the coach said about the number of times it was essentially repeated. "Somebody counted. Are you offended?"

But what about the lack of maturity, accountability, the coach was asked?

"So you’re asking me what Dustin’s like behind closed doors based on something that pissed you off?

"I think part of (the perception) is fairly accurate, not your assessment, but he’s got an awesome sense of humour. You won’t like that. Don’t underestimate the investment the players make. Here’s where I’m losing the argument before it even starts. You’re going to find one of the 650 other NHL players would have handled that nicely and be contrite and everybody would have thought that was good. He’s a very, very competitive man and not particularly happy with the result. More than anything he wants to win badly.

"So he doesn’t like the fact that he has to speak to the media today. And I’m reading the Twitter pop-ups and, ‘the guy makes so much money he should be happy to stand in front of the media and talk to them.’ And there’s a certain dynamic between media and some players that you feel he has the absolute obligation to come out and answer for everything because of the gift and the joy that it is to play professional sports and the amount of money a man would make.


added 4:53pm, Below, watch Paul Maurice post-practice...

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Dustin Byfuglien Doesn’t Have Much To Say Today

After practice...




added 2:04pm, Watch Byfuglien make the comments below...

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When the ‘best officials in the world’ look the other way

While duly noting that the NHL's standards for suspendable offenses and standards of officiating are two very different things...

So nine of the 26 suspensions handed by the NHL’s Department of Player Safety were for violations that were not contemporaneously called as penalties. I suppose you could argue this means the review system works, but when (just over) one-third of suspensions are on infractions missed by the referees (and by the linesmen), then there’s something amiss with NHL officiating.

Dustin Byfuglien’s cross-check to J.T. Miller’s neck was impossible to miss, yet Dan O’Rourke, no more than 10 feet away from the play at which he sure seemed to be looking directly, somehow missed it. Either that, which is pretty bad, or he didn’t think the Winnipeg defenseman merited a penalty, which is a whole lot worse.

And yet, there was O’Rourke working two nights later in St. Louis as scheduled. Maybe the egregious error will cost the referee a playoff assignment, maybe there will be consequences for this one, but, again, when one-third of suspendable acts are missed on the ice while the delinquent parties simply move on, the issue needs to be addressed by the NHL in a public setting.

The New York Post's Larry Brooks comes upon a truth those of us who watch hockey and love it are very frustrated with and about:

You have to start with the supposition NHL officials are the best in the world at what they do. But something is lost in the translation of how games have been called this season. Tolerance for interference and the clutch-and-grab has reverted to the pre-Shanahan Summit days that preceded the 2004-05 canceled season.

Clearly, this is by design. It is not as if all of the league’s referees have at once independently adopted new guidelines for identifying infractions. Mandates are coming from somewhere, though there’s no logical explanation for any of this. Less space, fewer power plays, less scoring and less entertainment.

Brooks continues, and the truth of the matter is that we've become paying customers of an NHL that's undergoing the Dead Puck Era 2.0, a period of clutching, grabbing, groping, tackling, wrestling, leg-humping, stick-grabbing-and-sitting-on and all sorts of strange, football-or-rugby-on-ice stuff that used to be penalized when appropriate. Not anymore.

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Video- Coach’s Corner Tonight

Topics discussed tonight include...

The play of Mark Stone of the Ottawa Senators.

Next up was the Dustin Byfuglien suspension.

Then the play of Scott Gomez and his fine for elbowing.

Up next was Corey Perry and how he cares for his stick.

A few other topics were also talked about.


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Afternoon Line- Paul Maurice On Dustin Byfuglien

“Dustin Byfuglien's been great for our team this year. It wasn't a situation where he said, 'I'm going to cross check this guy in the back of the neck and see if I can get away with it.' He threw a cross check that went way too high on a guy that was on his way down and it cost us.

“So what Dustin Byfuglien owes this team is for that Calgary game to be the best game that he can possibly play.”

-Paul Maurice, head coach of the Winnipeg Jets on Dustin Byfuglien.  More on this topic from Kirk Penton of the Winnipeg Sun.

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Video- Dustin Byfuglien Suspended Four Games

Patrick Burke with the explanation.


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Evening Line- Bruce Arthur On Dustin Byfuglien

The NHL is full of acts of brutality, big and small, and some of them are actually pretty useful. But this was just dumb. Byfuglien is getting a phone hearing with the league Thursday, which means the only real decision for the department of player safety should be whether he gets suspended for four games or five games, since five is the maximum over the phone. It should be five. Really, it should be more.

-Bruce Arthur of the Toronto Star where you can read more on this topic.

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Dustin Byfuglien Will Have A Hearing With The NHL Department Of Player Safety Tomorrow


Watch the play here....

added 11:53am,


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