By now you’ve seen the photo of Dustin Byfuglien looking like he could play left tackle for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, and you’re probably concerned about his offseason habits. It’s totally understandable to be worried, because he’s not playing for the Blue Bombers, he’s playing for the Winnipeg Jets. If you haven’t seen the picture I’m referencing, it’s in the link contained in the tweet below.
Dustin Byfuglien evidently believes NHL lockout is looming, is binge eating to deal with his sadness –yfrog.com/mnauqmrj
— Chris Hodges (@c_hodges) September 10, 2012
This isn’t the first time a photo or a story about Byfuglien being overweight has hit the web. In 2011 when Byfuglien was stopped on his boat, rumors said he weighed around 280 lbs. When he appeared in court this past July for that same incident, there were plenty of photos and buzz about him looking a little extra robust.
Keep this in mind, the most recent photo of Byfuglien to hit the internet was taken at former Chicago Blackhawks teammate Dave Bolland’s wedding in July, around the same time period when the big defenseman appeared in court. Another thing to keep in mind: Even though Byfuglien was rumored to be overweight last summer, he still showed up to camp in pretty good shape and didn’t seem to be effected much by the big minutes he skated over the course of the season.
As long as he comes to camp, whenever it starts, in shape, this issue is nothing more than a thing for fans to laugh at and talk about during the offseason. Even if Byfuglien was pushing 300 lbs. in the photo from July, it’s still possible he’s down to 250-260 by late September as long as he’s been working out.
The only concern I have is when Byfuglien starts to get older and this habit persists. He can get away with his weight being all over the place now, but he’ll have to take his offseasons more seriously if he wants to have a long career.