Dustin Byfuglien, Jets Agree on New Contract: Latest Details, Comments, Reaction

February 8th, 2016 by Joseph Zucker Leave a reply »

The Winnipeg Jets announced Monday that they re-signed defenseman Dustin Byfuglien to a five-year extension.

The 30-year-old will earn an average annual salary of $7.6 million over the course of the deal. Pro Hockey Talk's Mike Halford noted where the contract stacks up among the league's highest-paid defensemen:

ESPN The Magazine's Craig Custance argued Byfuglien is more than worth the investment for Winnipeg:

E.J. Hradek of NHL Network believes both parties will end up benefiting from the contract:

Byfuglien is on pace to have one of the best seasons of his career. In 52 games, he has amassed 32 points, tied for 13th among fellow defensemen. His 15 goals, meanwhile, are tied for second at his position.

By signing Byfuglien now, the Jets are avoiding a potential conundrum in the buildup to the Feb. 29 trade deadline. General manager Kevin Cheveldayoff doesn't have to worry about whether trading the veteran defenseman would be in the team's best interests rather than taking its chances in free agency.

ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun ventures plenty of suit ...

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