Top Dustin Byfuglien News

  • Dustin Byfuglien: Contract terminated

    Byfuglien and the Jets have reached an agreement to terminate the remainder of the defenseman's contract.

    Byfuglien and Winnipeg were mired in a grievance due to the player's refusal to report to training camp this fall, and subsequent ankle surgery without team approval. The Minnesota native was suspended by the team and hasn't appeared in an NHL game since April 20, 2019. While Byfuglien could look to sign with another club this offseason, he has reportedly been considering retirement as well.

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  • Jets' Dustin Byfuglien: Will not play this season

    Byfuglien (ankle) will not return for the 2019-20 campaign, Andy Strickland of Fox Sports Midwest reports.

    Byfuglien has been suspended by the Jets all season after failing to report to training camp. There was some speculation the towering blueliner would be moved at the deadline, but the fact that he won't play should close the door on that speculation. With this news, Winnipeg could be in the market for another defenseman despite having already added Dylan DeMelo.

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  • Jets' Dustin Byfuglien: Team exploring trade options

    The Jets are doing their due diligence on the trade front before reaching a mutual contract termination with Byfuglien (suspension), Frank Seravalli of TSN reports.

    Byfuglien remains suspended by the Jets for not reporting to begin the year, and it's believed he hasn't skated since September after undergoing ankle surgery. The 34-year-old defenseman could be an appealing deadline addition for a contender, as he brings playoff experience, including the Stanley Cup run with the Blackhawks in 2010, at minimal risk. If he is moved and decides to report, his prorated cap hit would be just $1.84 million, but if he doesn't report, the receiving team would simply suspend him again and absorb no cap hit. However, interested teams likely want assurances that he would, indeed, report before giving up picks or prospects. If the Jets don't find a willing trade partner, expect the team to follow through with contract termination.

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  • Jets' Dustin Byfuglien: Winnipeg stint coming to end

    The Jets and Byfuglien (suspension) are working toward a mutual contract termination, Frank Seravalli of TSN.ca reports.

    Byfuglien is under suspension without pay for not reporting to training camp, and the 34-year-old blueliner was considering retirement after undergoing ankle surgery in October. If the two parties come to an agreement, it would free up $7.6 million in the Jets' salary cap to bolster their blue line at the trade deadline, and Byfuglien would be free to sign with another team at any time.

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  • Jets' Dustin Byfuglien: Could start skating soon

    Byfuglien (suspension) could test out his ankle, which had surgery in October, on the ice soon, Darren Dreger of TSN reports.

    Byfuglien is still suspended by the team, but this is the next step before a possible return. While nothing's set in stone, it seems Byfuglien could return at some point this season, and he'd be a welcomed addition to the Jets' underwhelming blue line.

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  • Jets' Dustin Byfuglien: Undergoes ankle surgery

    Byfuglien (suspension) recently underwent ankle surgery for a high-ankle sprain suffered late in the 2018-19 campaign, Bob McKenzie of TSN reports.

    Byfuglien remains suspended after he failed to report for training camp. There's still a cloud around his status with the team and in the league this season and beyond, but the veteran's procedure at least provides some hope that he may be making an effort toward a return.

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  • Jets' Dustin Byfuglien: Suspended by Jets

    Byfuglien (personal) has been suspended by Winnipeg for failing to report to camp, Bob McKenzie of TSN reports.

    The Jets elected to suspend Byfuglien so they could get cap relief in the event he doesn't return before the team's first regular-season game. The bruising blueliner is currently away from the team and is considering retirement. If Byfuglien's absence extends into the regular season, his cap hit will be removed from Winnipeg's books for as long as he remains away. The 34-year-old has two years remaining on his current deal.

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  • Jets' Dustin Byfuglien: Reportedly contemplating retirement

    Byfuglien -- who is away from the team on personal leave -- is reportedly considering whether to retire and bring his 14-year NHL career to a close, Bob McKenzie of TSN reports.

    Neither the Jets nor Byfuglien have spoken publicly about the nature of the veteran's personal leave, but this would be a huge hit to the team's blue line. The Minnesota native played in just 42 games last season due to injuries, which saw him post his lowest point total (31) since the lockout shortened 2012-13 campaign. While the club has internal options to slot into the lineup in Anthony Bitetto and Logan Stanley, it wouldn't be a surprise to see Winnipeg go after Justin Faulk or Rasmus Ristolainen, both of whom are reportedly on the trade block.

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  • Jets' Dustin Byfuglien: Granted leave of absence

    The Jets have granted Byfuglien a personal leave of absence, Sara Orlesky of TSN.ca reports.

    Winnipeg officially opened its training camp Friday, so this is unfortunate timing for Byfuglien and the Jets, but he isn't dealing with an injury, so he'll be ready to rock whenever he's ready to return to the team. The towering 6-foot-5 blueliner will be looking to bounce back in 2019-20 after an injury-riddled 2018-19 campaign in which he was limited to just 42 games.

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  • Jets' Dustin Byfuglien: Big effort not enough

    Byfuglien scored a goal and tallied an assist Saturday in a 3-2 Game 6 loss to St. Louis, ending the Jets' 2018-19 season.

    Byfuglien came to play Saturday, finishing with a pair of points (one coming shorthanded), but it ultimately wasn't enough to keep the Jets' season alive. The larger-than-life blueliner finishes his playoffs having found the scoresheet eight times in six games.

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  • Jets' Dustin Byfuglien: Busy in Game 3 win

    Byfuglien scored a goal, added an assist, and delivered two hits, a plus-3 rating and three shots on goal in Sunday's 6-3 win over the Blues in Game 3.

    Byfuglien has been strong for the Jets with five points, seven hits and nine shots through three games in the series. The 34-year-old's combination of physicality and lofty point production makes him attractive to fantasy owners, many of whom would like the Jets to overcome the 2-1 deficit they currently face.

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  • Jets' Dustin Byfuglien: Banks two power-play helpers

    Byfuglien picked up two assists on the man advantage as well as three shots, three hits and two blocked shots in Friday's 4-3 loss to the Blues in Game 2.

    Byfuglien has three assists in the series so far, as well as six each of shots and hits. He's averaged 25:58 in the two postseason contests. Despite an injury-plagued campaign, Byfuglien is a highly desired fantasy asset, having accumulated 45 points (19 goals, 26 assists) in 62 playoff appearances in his career, including 16 points over 17 outings last spring.

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  • Jets' Dustin Byfuglien: Grabs helper

    Byfuglien notched an assist in Wednesday's 2-1 defeat to St. Louis.

    Since returning from an ankle injury, Byfuglien has recorded two helpers and 13 shots, but he's still trying to find the back of the net for the first time since Dec. 20 versus San Jose. Despite the goal drought, the blueliner should continue to eat up big minutes on a game-to-game basis, similar to the 25:30 he logged in Game 1.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-5, 260 lbs
Birthplace: Roseau, MN
Age: 36
Experience: 14
Shoots: Right