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Dustin Byfuglien | Defenseman

Team: Winnipeg Jets
Age / DOB:  (30) / 3/27/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 260
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Dustin Byfuglien can be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2015-16 season.
The Jets will either sign him to a long-term deal, let him walk as a free agent or trade him and opinions are already rolling out on what the team should do. One camp sees Byfuglien as a versatile and invaluable player, while the other would trade him because of his inconsistencies and defensive shortcomings. The Jets will have a tough decision to make, but fantasy owners shouldn't be concerned. Byfuglien is superb in several categories and playing for a new contract could give him some extra motivation if he remains unsigned through the course of the year. Jun 1 - 11:13 AM

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Dustin Byfuglien had a dislocated rib during the playoffs.

He earned an assist in the last game of Winnipeg's postseason to give him one point in four outings. Byfuglien also amassed 17 hits in the series. He'll get the summer to get better now.
Apr 29 - 4:15 PM

Dustin Byfuglien got his first point of the series in Game 4 versus Anaheim.

He earned an assist on Bryan Little's power-play goal that opened the scoring in a 5-2 loss. The defeat knocked the Jets out of the playoffs. Byfuglien had 12 shots, 17 hits and a minus-4 rating in the series.
Apr 23 - 10:36 AM

Dustin Byfuglien will, somehow, escape supplemental discipline after his malicious punch to the back of Corey Perry's head.

After Perry shook loose from Byfuglien's shadow, he tapped home a goal 3:08 into the second period and was then punched by Byfuglien as he celebrated the tally. Byfuglien even appeared to shove Perry downwards by his head after delivering the initial punch to ensure that the Ducks forward would hit the ice face first. Apparently, the NHL thinks that the minor penalty received for "roughing" was sufficient.
Apr 21 - 8:40 PM

Dustin Byfuglien had a minus-3 rating in Game 3's 5-4 overtime loss to Anaheim.

Despite his issues in the defensive zone there are no plans to move him up to forward. Byfuglien has no points and 11 shots after three contests versus the Ducks.
Apr 21 - 10:43 AM

Dustin Byfuglien is expected to return from his four-game suspension on Saturday afternoon against the Calgary Flames.

Byfuglien comes in as a fortunate leader that his Jets were able to clinch a playoff spot during his ill-timed absence. Through 68 games this season, Byfuglien has recorded 18 goals, 45 points, 122 PIMs, and 202 hits.
Apr 10 - 7:19 PM

Dustin Byfuglien has received a four-game suspension for crosschecking Rangers forward J.T. Miller on Tuesday.

Miller was already lying on the ice when Byfuglien delivered the crosscheck to the back of his neck. The league noted that as Miller was already out of the play, he was ineligible to be hit regardless, but also noted Byfuglien's use of "excessive force." Byfuglien has a history of fines while Miller wasn't seriously hurt by the incident, both of which likely played a role in the length of the punishment. Byfuglien will be eligible to return for the Jets' final game on April 11. Given that Winnipeg is still fighting for a playoff spot, this is a big blow to its chances.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 2 - 4:46 PM

Dustin Byfuglien will have a hearing on Thursday for his cross-check to New York's J.T. Miller.

He wasn't penalized on the play, but it's not surprising that he's facing a suspension for the incident. Byfuglien's stick made contact with the back of Miller's neck when the Rangers forward fell in front of the Winnipeg net.
Apr 1 - 12:00 PM

Dustin Byfuglien scored two goals in Sunday's 4-3 loss to Chicago.

The Jets entered the third period with a 3-2 lead but goals from Patrick Sharp and Jonathan Toews gave the Hawks the win. Byfuglien scored both of his goals in the second period and they both came with the Jets on the man-advantage. The 30-year-old has three goals in two games since returning from an upper-body injury that forced him to miss nine games. Byfuglien now has 18 goals and 45 points in 67 games this season. Blake Wheeler also scored for Winnipeg.
Mar 29 - 10:17 PM

Dustin Byfuglien will be back in fold for Winnipeg on Thursday against Montreal.

He has been absent for the past nine games because of an upper-body injury. Byfuglien has 15 goals and 42 points in 65 games this season. Get him back in your lineup.
Mar 26 - 2:55 PM

There's a chance that Dustin Byfuglien (upper body) will be available for Thursday's game.

It doesn't sound like the odds are in favor of Byfuglien returning, but that might change as we get closer to the contest. Byfuglien has missed nine straight games. He has 42 points and 118 penalty minutes in 65 contests in 2014-15.
Mar 25 - 12:48 PM

Dustin Byfuglien did not particiapte in Saturday morning's pre-game skate.

He is still dealing with an upper-body injury and is doubtful for Saturday night's contest against Washington. Keep big Buff on reserve for now.
Mar 21 - 2:13 PM

Dustin Byfuglien (upper body) won't be back on Thursday night.

He didn't participate in the team's morning skate after he practiced on Wednesday. Coach Paul Maurice said it's possible that Byfuglien will return on Saturday versus Washington, but it's more likely that he'll play during the team's road trip next week.
Mar 19 - 1:28 PM

It's uncertain if Dustin Byfuglien (upper body) will return on Thursday.

He participated fully in Wednesday's practice. The Jets have a wait-and-see approach going and his status will be determined after the morning skate.
Mar 18 - 5:30 PM

Dustin Byfuglien (upper body) will be a game-time decision on Tuesday.

Byfuglien has been out since March 4 due to the ailment. He has 42 points, 118 penalty minutes, and 195 hits in 65 contests in 2014-15. If he does play, it will probably be alongside Adam Pardy. His return would also likely push Jay Harrison out of the lineup.
Mar 17 - 1:01 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Bryan Little
2Mark Scheifele
3Alexander Burmistrov
4Mathieu Perreault
5Patrice Cormier
LW1Andrew Ladd
2Adam Lowry
3Chris Thorburn
4Nikolaj Ehlers
RW1Blake Wheeler
2Drew Stafford
3Matt Fraser
4Anthony Peluso
D1Dustin Byfuglien
2Toby Enstrom
3Tyler Myers
4Jacob Trouba
5Mark Stuart
6Paul Postma
7Adam Pardy
G1Ondrej Pavelec
2Michael Hutchinson