Rumor: Jets To Trade Dustin Byfuglien

Dustin Byfuglien's strained relations with the Winnipeg Jets organization are well documented. He has had ankle surgery and is currently in the process of rehabilitation. He was granted a leave of absence and was suspended by the Jets without pay for not reporting to training camp. The NHLPA has filed a grievance that may overturn the financial sanctions, meaning Byfuglien's $7.6 million cap hit may impact the team's deadline cap space.

GM Kevin Cheveldayoff is not prepared to wait until a post deadline ruling that could impact the dynamic of the teams' roster. Moreover, the Jets need to make significant additions and utilize their deadline cap space if they wish to make the playoffs. This means trading Dustin Byfuglien is almost a certainty, especially when considering Byfuglien may choose to retire regardless of his medical status.

The main issue? Byfuglien's modified no trade clause. Although he may have some control over a possible destination, it is not certain that teams known to purchase contracts (Arizona / Ottawa) will be on this list. Perhaps he may be inclined to return to the NHL if he is traded to a team with cup contending potential.
"First and foremost, what will be the availability be for me from a (NHL salary) cap perspective? And that will be greatly influenced by the Byfuglien situation and what happens.                 - Winnipeg Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff

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