Jets, Byfuglien Not Progressing In Contract Talks
Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff said last week that the team and 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."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.