Byfuglien Out Until “At Least All-Star Break”

Dustin Byfuglien is going to be out of action until “at least the All-Star Break” according to Jets head coach Paul Maurice in an update to reporters Sunday morning. The NHL All-Star Game is January 26 with team returning to action two days later on the 28th on the road against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Maurice didn’t go into any more detail about the type of injury suffered, but he did specify that no surgery was required.

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In Saturday afternoon’s game against the Minnesota Wild during the third period, Byfuglien suffered what looked to be an ankle injury after an awkward bump going into the corner behind the Jets net.

Byfuglien had already missed three games earlier this season with a concussion, but despite that was having a strong year for the Jets, leading the team in assists and points by a defenseman while also tied for the lead in goals by a defenseman and leading the entire team in average ice time.

Dustin Byfuglien NHL Stats
Scor Scor Scor Shot Shot Ice
2014-15 WPG 69 18 27 45 5 124 209 8.6 22:41 60 204
2015-16 WPG 81 19 34 53 4 119 247 7.7 25:12 105 222
2016-17 WPG 80 13 39 52 10 117 241 5.4 27:27 124 183
2017-18 WPG 69 8 37 45 15 112 193 4.1 24:20 100 147
2018-19 WPG 32 4 25 29 5 52 91 4.4 24:30 38 53
Career 14 yrs 859 177 346 523 -7 1077 2588 6.8 21:54 773 1873

The “at least” qualifier in Buff’s diagnosis of being out until after the All-Star break is a hopeful one at that and not a promise that he will for sure return. That would mean he would miss the next 10 Jets games before we get another update on his progress and his return isn’t guaranteed once the break has finished.

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In the meantime, the Jets could look to activate Joe Morrow back into the lineup – Morrow hasn’t played for the Jets since November 27 as he was out for a length of time with a lower body injury. The Jets could also look to call Sami Niku back onto the main roster as he did impress in his last stint with the team earlier this month.

Tucker Poolman will not be an option for re-call from the AHL for now as he remains out with a concussion.