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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Byfuglien (ankle) played 24:24 Saturday against Montreal in his return from injury. He did not record a point.
He laid three hits and had three giveaways. The most important part, though, is that he has a few games to get his skates under him in preparation for the postseason. Get Byfuglien back in your lineup if you held onto him this long. This is what you waited for.
Byfuglien (ankle) has been activated off of injured reserve, per the NHL media site.
Byfuglien had already been declared a go for the evening's contest, so his activation from injured reserve was the last thing needed to pave the way for his return. The veteran blueliner will look to knock off the rust over the final five regular-season games after missing 34 of the last 39 contests dating back to Dec. 29.
As expected, Byfuglien (ankle) will return Saturday against the Canadiens, Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun reports.
Byfuglien will need to be lifted from injured reserve, but it appears that such a move is imminent. The Jets have already clinched a playoff spot, but they're tied with the Predators at 94 points in the standings, meaning we should expect Big Buff to reprise his top-four role with a spot on the No. 1 power-play unit. Injuries have limited the imposing blueliner to 37 games this season, but he's been quite effective when healthy, adding four goals and 26 assists -- complemented by 16 power-play points -- over that span.
Byfuglien (ankle) is expected to rejoin the lineup for Saturday's game against the Canadiens, Arpon Basu of The Athletic reports.
Barring a setback in the next 24 hours, look for Byfuglien to draw back in against the Canadiens. The star blueliner should reinforce an already electric Winnipeg offense that ranks seventh in the league in scoring (3.35 goals per game). Although multiple extended absences have led to a disappointing fantasy season from Byfuglien, he should assist owners still in contention down the stretch.
Byfuglien (ankle) won't play Thursday against the Islanders, Mike Sawatzky of the Winnipeg Free Press reports.
Still, the hulking defenseman was in full-contact garb for the latest practice, suggesting that his return could be right around the corner. Byfuglien is about to miss his 19th straight contest, but there's reason to believe it's all about getting the 34-year-old up to snuff from a conditioning standpoint.
Byfuglien (ankle) will be out of the lineup against Dallas on Monday, but did take part in the game-day skate, Brian Munz of TSN 1290 Winnipeg reports.
Byfuglien was sporting a non-contact sweater, yet the fact that he was able to join his teammates on the ice is a step in the right direction. As soon as the blueliner is cleared to play, he figures to get back to eating up big minutes for the Jets, he is currently averaging 24:26 of ice time, including on the power play, where he is logging 3:20 of ice time per game and notched 16 of his 30 points this year.
Byfuglien (ankle) has been limited primarily to off-ice work and remains without a timeline to get back into the lineup, Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun reports.
At this point, fantasy owners should consider Byfuglien out indefinitely as he works his way back from an ankle issue. The Jets' primary concern will be the postseason, so there is no reason to rush the blueliner into the lineup. Before he can suit up, Byfuglien will need to be activated off injured reserve, which will likely relegate Sami Niku to a spot in the press box.
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