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Jets Sign Byfuglien to Five-Year Extension Deal

Jets Sign Byfuglien to Five-Year Extension Deal

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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.

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Jets Defenceman Byfuglien Facing Suspension After Cross Check on Rangers Miller

Jets Defenceman Byfuglien Facing Suspension After Cross Check on Rangers Miller

By The Canadian Press

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Winnipeg Jets’ Dustin Byfuglien (33) celebrates his goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs during second period NHL action in Winnipeg on Saturday, January 3, 2015. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

The Winnipeg Jets may be without defenceman Dustin Byfuglien for key games in their drive for the playoffs.

Byfuglien is facing a suspension of up to five games after delivering a vicious cross-check to the back of New York Rangers centre J.T. Miller on Tuesday night.

The play occurred late in the second period of Winnipeg’s 3-2 loss to New York. Miller had fallen to the ice near the crease after taking a swipe at a rebound off the pads of Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec. The 260-pound Byfuglien looked down at the prone Miller and drove his stick in to the back of the Rangers forward’s head, also falling to his knees.

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Jets’ Byfuglien Gets Two Days Community Service

Dustin Byfuglien (TMZ)

All but one of the charges were dropped against the Winnipeg Jets’ defenceman Dustin Byfuglien in a Minneapolis courtroom Monday.

Byfuglien pleaded guilty to dangerous operation of a motorboat in a plea deal that saw all drug and alcohol related charges dropped.

Judge Ronald Abrams gave Byfuglien 30 days of community service, but suspended all but two of them for a year.

Byfuglien apparently did not talk to media after leaving the courtroom, except to say “Yeah” when asked if he was glad the ordeal was over.

Byfuglien was charged last year with dangerous operation of a motorboat, boating while intoxicated and refusing to submit to a police blood or urine test. He was charged after police stopped him on Lake Minnetonka on August 31, 2011.

Jets’ GM Kevin Cheveldayoff released the following statement after the ruling: “After allowing the legal process to play out, we are thankful to see this matter resolved to the satisfaction of all parties involved. As an organization, the Winnipeg Jets are happy this is behind Dustin and he can look forward to the upcoming hockey season, along with the rest of the team and their passionate fan base.”

— Staff

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Jets’ Byfuglien Tapped to Play in NHL All-Star Game

Jets’ Byfuglien Tapped to Play in NHL All-Star Game

Winnipeg Jets defenceman Dustin Byfuglien in pre-season action against the Columbus Blue Jackets at MTS Centre on Tuesday, September 20, 2011. (JAMES TURNER / METRO WINNIPEG FILE)

Winnipeg Jets defenceman Dustin Byfuglien has earned a spot in the 2012 Tim Hortons NHL All-Star Game.

The game — set for Sunday, January 29 at Ottawa’s Scotiabank Place — will be Byfuglien’s second straight appearance in the All-Star line-up. The 26-year-old leads all Jets defencemen with 24 points (6g, 18a) in 35 games played this season. Byfuglien also led the team with 149,405 fan votes, helping him secure his position on the elite roster.

The Jets will meet the San Jose Sharks tonight at MTS Centre in their first home game since December 31. Puck drop is 7:30 p.m. (TSN Jets, TSN Radio 1290). Watch for reporter Darrin Bauming’s post-game report on ChrisD.ca later tonight.

Byfuglien Mum on Legal Woes, Ready to Play

Byfuglien Mum on Legal Woes, Ready to Play

Winnipeg Jets defenceman Dustin Byfuglien speaks to the media on Friday, September 16, 2011 at MTS Centre. (DARRIN BAUMING / CHRISD.CA)

Winnipeg Jets defenceman Dustin Byfuglien faced the media for the first time Friday since his recent arrest south of the border.

The 6’5″ Minnesota native made an appearance at MTS Centre following the team’s morning medical and physical tests.

Abiding by the advice of his lawyer, Byfuglien couldn’t say much regarding his time driving a boat on Lake Minnetonka while allegedly intoxicated. However, he did say he didn’t have any issues crossing the Canadian border.

Asked if his reputation will need any repair in the eye of public opinion, Byfuglien said, “I’m here to be myself. Once you get to know me, I’m just myself. I’m a good guy … you guys will enjoy this season.”

Another issue Byfuglien wouldn’t address? His weight. The blue-liner has previously been criticized for it, but says he has no problem with his current stature.

“You guys keep throwing numbers out there and having fun with it.”

When asked if he could provide a number, Byfuglien jokingly said, “No, just put whatever you want.”

“I’m just here to play hockey,” the 26-year-old added.

The Jets open up training camp on Saturday at MTS Iceplex.

— With files from Darrin Bauming

Dustin Byfuglien Arrested on Allegations of Drunk Boating

Dustin Byfuglien Arrested on Allegations of Drunk Boating

Dustin Byfuglien (TMZ)

One of the Winnipeg Jets’ star players has been arrested in Minnesota for alleging being intoxicated while boating and refusing a breathalyzer test.

Defenceman Dustin Byfuglien was arrested in Hennepin County, Minnesota late Wednesday night, according to the state’s jail roster.

Byfuglien, 26, was released Thursday morning at 2:23 a.m. after spending roughly three hours in custody.

No further details of the incident were immediately available.

Byfuglien was a member of the former Atlanta Thrashers before being signed to Winnipeg earlier this year. He won the Stanley Cup in 2010 while with the Chicago Blackhawks.

Byfuglien lives in Minnesota during the off-season.