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Rotowire: Oct 12 / 1:41p ET
News: Byfuglien injured his leg late in the third period Thursday, but coach Paul Maurice didn't offer an update on his status after the game, Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun reports.
Impact: The extent of Byfuglien's injury remains a bit unclear, but more will likely become known in the near future. The Jets play again Tuesday, so his status should become available sometime in the afternoon prior to game time.
Rotowire: Oct 7 / 2:01p ET
News: Byfuglien left the ice during practice Wednesday due to the birth of a child, but he will be in the lineup Thursday against the Bruins, Ted Wyman of the Winnipeg Sun reports.
Impact: Byfuglien continues to levy for a contract extension, but those talks have been stale of late. Proving his dedication to the team, he will be in the lineup for Thursday's season opener despite the birth of his child. He's expected to serve exclusively on defense for the Jets this season.
Rotowire: Sep 14 / 1:44p ET
News: Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff said last week that the team and Byfuglien's representatives have yet to make much progress on a contract extension for the defenseman, the Winnipeg Free Press reports. "Dialogue is ongoing at different stages with different people," Cheveldayoff said. "Again, there's lots of moving parts that come into play. Some of it is things that are in your control. Some are things that are out of your control with respect to maybe other people in the marketplace or other contracts."
Impact: Byfuglien is entering the final year of his five-year, $26 million deal and is slated to become an unrestricted free agent next summer. It doesn't sound as though the two sides have hit a point of no return in negotiations, so expect talks to progress over the next few months. Though he's occasionally spent time at forward since the Jets franchise relocated to Winnipeg, it appears coach Paul Maurice remains committed to using Byfuglien exclusively on defense this season, where he'll retain his most fantasy value.