The Winnipeg Jets are going to be a pretty active team this summer. They have key forwards that need to be signed and could move a couple of pieces in order to try and upgrade a roster that just barely missed out on a playoff spot towards the end in the Eastern Conference.
One player who isn’t likely to be moved, however, is that of defenseman Dustin Byfuglien. It would not have been at all surprising to hear news that was headed in the complete opposite direction, as there were some indications that Buff was starting to wear out his welcome with the Jets.
Byfuglien’s conditioning has become a major issue for the Jets over the past couple of seasons. He apparently finished 2013 weighing in at an absurd 300+ pounds. Even for a guy his size, that’s too far overweight. On top of that, he had run ins with coaches and staff, along with his typical undisciplined play.
Many wondered if that could prompt the Jets to try and seek out a trade, especially because we heard his name float around a bit at the trade deadline. If they tried to move him, there would likely be plenty of takers, though his attitude and poor conditioning may have hurt his value.
But apparently the Jets have no plans to move Byfuglien in a deal this summer. General manager Kevin Cheveldayoff has said that he hasn’t even considered it. Of course, with an organization that is still trying to build like the Jets are, it’s important to note that no player is untouchable.
It’d be surprising to see the Jets move Byfuglien. When he’s on his game, he’s the type of guy who can put up big points from the blue line and brings size to the defensive end. Perhaps rather than deal him, the Jets’ front office can work with him to improve his conditioning and his attitude, in order to help him realize his potential.