The Winnipeg Jets and Dustin Byfuglien have agreed to mutually terminate his contract, reports TSN’s Frank Seravalli.
— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) April 17, 2020
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.