• Leaves team, but will play Thursday

    News: Dustin Byfuglien left the ice during practice Wednesday due to the birth of a child, but he will be in the lineup Thursday against the Bruins, Ted Wyman of the Winnipeg Sun reports.
    Analysis: Dustin Byfuglien continues to levy for a contract extension, but those talks have been stale of late. Proving his dedication to the team, he will be in the lineup for Thursday's season opener despite the birth of his child. He's expected to serve exclusively on defense for the Jets this season.
  • Jets, Byfuglien Not Progressing In Contract Talks

    News: Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff said last week that the team and Dustin Byfuglien's representatives have yet to make much progress on a contract extension for the defenseman, the Winnipeg Free Press reports. "Dialogue is ongoing at different stages with different people," Cheveldayoff said. "Again, there's lots of moving parts that come into play. Some of it is things that are in your control. Some are things that are out of your control with respect to maybe other people in the marketplace or other contracts."
    Analysis: Dustin Byfuglien is entering the final year of his five-year, $26 million deal and is slated to become an unrestricted free agent next summer. It doesn't sound as though the two sides have hit a point of no return in negotiations, so expect talks to progress over the next few months. Though he's occasionally spent time at forward since the Jets franchise relocated to Winnipeg, it appears coach Paul Maurice remains committed to using Byfuglien exclusively on defense this season, where he'll retain his most fantasy value.
  • Jets' Byfuglien Played With Dislocated Rib

    News: Dustin Byfuglien played with a dislocated rib in the Jets' playoff series against the Ducks, 680 CJOB Sports reports.
    Analysis: The fact that Dustin Byfuglien was nursing an injury during Winnipeg's series against Anaheim leads one to wonder if it affected his play, as he only managed to tally one point in the series after registering 45 points during the regular season. He should be ready for the beginning of next season.
  • Jets' Byfuglien Tallies Assist In Game 4 Loss

    News: Dustin Byfuglien supplied a power-play assist in Wednesday's Game 4 loss to the Ducks.
    Analysis: It goes down as the only point of the postseason for Dustin Byfuglien, who struggled to make a mark throughout the series on the offense end. He at least provided a physical presence on the Jets' back end, accruing 17 hits and blocking five shots over the four games.
  • Suspension Over For Jets' Byfuglien

    News: Dustin Byfuglien has completed his four-game suspension and will be eligible to return to the Jets' lineup Saturday against the Flames.
    Analysis: The Jets managed to secure a playoff spot despite Dustin Byfuglien's absence down the stretch, but the physical defenseman will have an opportunity to get back on the ice once more before the regular season draws to a close. While Winnipeg has little incentive to play its regulars for their usual amount of minutes in a mostly meaningless finale, Byfuglien might be one of the few exceptions since he hasn't played in a game since March 31. Given his incredible production this season from the blue line (18 goals, 45 points, 202 hits, 122 PIM in 68 games), it still appears worthwhile to use Byfuglien in daily formats.
  • Jets' Byfuglien Suspended Four Games

    News: Dustin Byfuglien was handed a four-game suspension Thursday for his illegal cross-check on the Rangers' J.T. Miller during Tuesday's game.
    Analysis: The banishment with keep Dustin Byfuglien off the ice until the Jets' regular-season finale on April 11 against the Flames. The loss of Byfuglien, arguably the team's MVP this season, comes at a difficult time, as the Jets are hanging on to a narrow two-point advantage over the Kings for the final wild-card spot. With Byfuglien out of the picture for the next four games, the more defensive-minded Jay Harrison is expected to occupy his spot in the lineup.
  • Jets' Byfuglien Facing Possible Suspension

    News: Dustin Byfuglien will have a phone hearing Thursday morning with the NHL Department of Player Safety for his illegal cross-check on the Rangers' J.T. Miller during Tuesday's game, John Shannon of Sportsnet reports.
    Analysis: The fact that the hearing will be conducted over the phone instead of in-person suggests Dustin Byfuglien won't be at risk of a lengthy suspension, but he could still be docked a game or two for the transgression. Miller didn't appear to be injured as a result of the incident, which could work in Byfuglien's favor when he pleads his case.
  • Jets' Byfuglien Strikes Twice In Defeat

    News: Dustin Byfuglien potted two power-play goals and collected two PIM and four hits in Sunday's 4-3 loss to the Blackhawks.
    Analysis: In leagues where he qualifies as a defenseman, Dustin Byfuglien has been one of the most valuable fantasy assets this season. In addition to providing elite scoring numbers (18 goals, 45 points) relative to his peers at the position, Byfuglien is an above-average contributor in PIM (120), hits (201), and plus/minus rating (plus-6). An upper-body injury that cost him three weeks of action earlier this month hasn't managed to slow him down, either; he has three goals in his two games since returning.
  • Jets' Byfuglien Returning From Injury Thursday

    News: Dustin Byfuglien (upper body) will return to the Jets' lineup Thursday against the Canadiens, Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun reports.
    Analysis: After rejoining the Jets for their morning skate and fully participating in drills, Dustin Byfuglien finally received the green light to play for the first time since March 4. The team anticipated Byfuglien returning over a week ago, but it appears he didn't quite progress as quickly as the Jets were banking on. Now healthy, Byfuglien, who has amassed 15 goals and 27 assists over 65 games while splitting time at forward and defense, will slot back in as a blueliner Thursday and skate on a pair with Adam Pardy.
  • Jets' Byfuglien Still Sidelined

    News: Dustin Byfuglien (upper body) is not slated to play on the Jets' two-game road trip, which starts Monday against the Oilers, according to Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun.
    Analysis: Dustin Byfuglien's next chance to suit up will thus arrive Thursday, when the Jets take on Montreal at home.