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Jets Sign Byfuglien to Five-Year Extension Deal

February 8, 2016 2:31 PM | Sports

Dustin Byfuglien

Winnipeg Jets’ Dustin Byfuglien (33) laughs after scoring from just inside centre ice against the Arizona Coyotes during second period NHL hockey action, in Winnipeg, Tuesday, January 26, 2016. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Trevor Hagan)

The Winnipeg Jets have signed defenceman Dustin Byfuglien to a five-year contract extension worth an average of $7.6 million annually.

The 30-year-old Roseau, Minnesota native has recorded 32 points (15G, 17A) so far this season while appearing in all 52 games and sits in a tie for second amongst all NHL defencemen with his 15 goals.

Byfuglien represented the Central Division at the 2016 all-star game, scoring a goal and adding an assist.

Byfuglien was acquired when the Jets franchise when it was based in Atlanta via a 2010 off-season trade with Chicago.

The trade came after Byfuglien helped the Blackhawks win the 2010 Stanley Cup.

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— With files from The Canadian Press