Report: Jets’ Dustin Byfuglien Taking Time Off To “Ponder” His NHL Future


According to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, Winnipeg Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien left the team just prior to the beginning of training camp last week to contemplate his future in the NHL. The Jets or Ben Hankinson, Byfuglien’s agent, have yet to respond to his comment request.

Jets head coach Paul Maurice said the reason why Byfuglien left is nothing “sinister” and that his and his family’s health was fine.

TSN’s Frank Seravalli added that the Jets are willing to let the 34-year old, who has two years left on his current contract that carries a $7.6 million cap hit, take all the time necessary to make his decision.

Losing their top defenseman would be a devastating blow for the Jets after they lost defensemen Jacob Trouba (traded to New York Rangers), Ben Chiarot (signed a three-year contract with Montreal Canadiens), and Tyler Myers (signed a five-year contract with the Vancouver Canucks) over the offseason. While he only played in 42 games last season, Byfuglien led all Jets defenseman in points-per-game (.738) and the team in average time on ice per game (24:22).

By Harrison Brown

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2 Responses to Report: Jets’ Dustin Byfuglien Taking Time Off To “Ponder” His NHL Future

  1. Anonymous says:

    Same age as Ovi.

  2. Day One Caps Fan says:

    Kevin Cheveldayoff.

    Peter Chiarelli was a controversial GM at Edmonton and recently was shown the door after a whole BUNCH of failed seasons. And bizarre trades. And odd statements to the Canadian Press after yet another failure on the ice.

    But a meltdown of proportions of this season’s Winnipeg Jets is eye-popping. Truly a “Team Turmoil” offseason for the Jets’ franchise. The Canadian press has been rightly asking “What the devil is going on in the Winnipeg front office?”

    It’s hard to find a top-twelve Jets player who hasn’t been traded, discouraged, disillusioned, or just plain ticked off. Coach Paul Maurice will probably get blamed for the debacle — and fired before Christmas if Jets go south. Do NOT start printing the Stanley Cup Finals tickets for the Winnipeg Jets

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