JGD 53: Jets Finish Mini Road Trip In St Louis

Jeremy Wiebe
February 09 2016 09:00AM

There will be one less distraction for the Winnipeg Jets as they prepare to face the St Louis Blues in the Gateway To The West. As you've all heard by now, the Jets signed Dustin Byfuglien to a 5-year extension at an average of $7.6 million AAV. 

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Jets ink Dustin Byfuglien to 5 year, $38 million deal

Mack Irwin
February 08 2016 03:51PM

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After so many months of speculation, the Jets have finally locked up one of their pending UFAs. Dustin Byfuglien, the Jets' all-star defenceman, will remain in Winnipeg for five more seasons according to a team release.

The Winnipeg Jets today announced they have signed defenceman Dustin Byfuglien to a five-year contract extension with an average annual value of $7.6 million.

There is bound to be some sticker shock with this deal: Byfuglien will have the third-highest cap hit of any NHL defencemen next season. But for a 30-year old human wrecking ball, keeping the deal to just five years is key. As a free agent this summer, Byfuglien would almost certainly have been offered seven years; the Jets gave a little on the price tag in exchange for a term they were comfortable with.

Of course, the most important part about this deal is that the Jets have locked up one of the league's very best defencemen. No other NHLer plays quite like Big Buff. His game is haphazard, physical to the point of recklessness, wildly entertaining, skilled, and most of all, effective.

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Top to Bottom: Checking in with each team as the Trade Deadline approaches

Cam Lewis
February 08 2016 09:45AM

We're four months deep into the NHL season and the trade deadline is right around the corner. Time flies, I know. By now, it's become clear for most organizations as to whether they'll be buying or selling at the deadline, but there are still a handful of teams that aren't very good but are right in the mix, floating around in some kind of grey area. In this month's check in, I'm going to break down where each team is at as we head into the home stretch, and who should be opting to sell their assets and start focusing on the future, and who should be interested in buying to fuel their playoff aspirations.  

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JN AirMail: February 8, 2016

Art Middleton
February 08 2016 08:30AM

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There is truly no such thing as a stupid question, but stupidity of answers is always up for debate especially here in the Jets Nation Air Mail where I provide you haphazard answers to well thought out questions.

Let us begin..

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Jets Nation Recap: Fiesty Jets Scrap And Claw Out 4-2 Win In Denver

Art Middleton
February 07 2016 12:01AM

Jets were in their first game to start off a long road trip, the second half of a tough back-to-back after having their butts handed to them the night before, starting a goalie who hadn't won a game in his previous 12 appearances. Even the shiniest of happy Jets fans were starting to warm to the idea of burning it all down and letting the tank commence.

And then tonight happens. A 4-2 win in Denver against the Avalanche.

Hockey is a heckuva sport to figure out sometimes isn't it?

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