The Winnipeg Jets and Dustin Byfuglien have agreed to mutually terminate his contract, reports TSN’s Frank Seravalli.
The saga between the Jets and Byfuglien has gone on all season, starting when Byfuglien didn’t report to the Jets at the start of the season and the team suspending him. The NHLPA filed a grievance on Byfuglien’s behalf in November, citing a high ankle injury as reason Byfuglien was physically unable to report to camp. Byfuglien had surgery on his ankle in late October.
Byfuglien was scheduled to make $6 million and carry a $7.6 million cap hit next season. Instead, he will be an unrestricted free agent.
There was some buzz about Byfuglien possibly being traded prior to the 2020 deadline, but eventually a mutual termination was determined to be the best route for the Jets.
UPDATE: John Shannon reports that Byfuglien has no desire to resume his NHL career, citing multiple sources.
The Winnipeg Jets have announced they have extended Paul Maurice’s contract.
Maurice has coached the Jets since 2013-14. The Jets are 264-186-53 in his time as head coach.
Bob McKenzie reports that Dustin Byfuglien is pondering his NHL future.
Byfuglien, 34, has two seasons left on his contract at an AAV of $7.6 million.
The Winnipeg Jets have announced they have re-signed RFA defenseman Josh Morrissey.
This contract eats Morrissey’s 3 remaining RFA eligible seasons and extends through 5 of his UFA seasons.
Last season in 59 games, Morrissey put up 6 goals and 25 assists for the Jets.
As expected, Olli Jokinen’s stay in Toronto was a short one. The Maple Leafs traded the forward to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for a conditional sixth round draft pick in 2016.
The Blues will be the 36-year-old’s 10th NHL team of his career and third this season after the Leafs acquired him from the Winnipeg Jets.
The Hurricanes have traded Jiri Tlusty to the Jets for a 2016 3rd round pick and a 2015 6th.
With Blake Wheeler and Mathieu Perreault out of action, the Jets could use the help up front. Tlusty has 13 goals and 10 assists in 52 games this season.
Evander Kane has been traded to the Sabres in a blockbuster deal. Kane, along with Zach Bogosian and goalie prospect Jason Kasdorf go to Buffalo for Tyler Myers, Drew Stafford, Brendan Lemieux, Joel Armia and a 2015 first-round draft pick.
The first round pick is conditional — it will be whichever of the Islanders and Blues picks that ends up being the later pick.
The Sabres will retain half of Stafford’s $4 million salary this season.
Pierre Lebrun reports that he doesn’t believe the Canucks were willing to part with either Bo Horvat or Jake Virtanen to get Kane.
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Bob McKenzie reports (via Nichols on Hockey) that the Sabres are interested in Evander Kane of the Jets. He said on Insider Trading that the Jets and Sabres have previously discussed Tyler Myers, so he may be a part of potential Kane trade. He says the Sabres could also part with either the Islanders or Blues first round pick.
Pierre Lebrun reports that the Canucks are also interest in Kane, the former Vancouver Giant star. The Canucks, still in the playoff hunt, would likely have mixed feelings about trading a roster piece for a player who can’t play this season, but if they are beaten to the punch Kane would be off the market entirely.