Dustin Byfuglien RW WPG 2 Months

Byfuglien (undisclosed) was held out of Monday's exhibition loss to the Oilers, the Winnipeg Free Press reports.

Byfuglien is considered day-to-day with the undisclosed ailment, but the Jets don't seem to think he'll be unavailable for the team's regular-season opener. He'll be tabbed for a full-time role at forward this season, though it's not quite certain who his linemates might be to start the year.

Dustin Byfuglien RW WPG 2 Months

Jets coach Paul Maurice reiterated Thursday that Byfuglien would "start and finish" training camp as a forward, Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun reports.

This was to be expected after Byfuglien played exclusively at forward when Maurice replaced Claude Noel as coach in January, and it should only help Big Buff's fantasy value in leagues where he retains eligibility as a defenseman. Byfuglien racked up 10 goals and 12 assists over 32 games on the wing last season, scoring at a rate actually lower than what he provided at the blue line. However, with a full offseason to prepare for a role at forward, Byfuglien stands a good chance at boosting his per-game point totals, but perhaps only if he's able to land a spot on the first or second line.

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Winnipeg's Dustin Byfuglien has reportedly been involved in discussions between the Jets and Panthers for the number one pick in this weekend's NHL Draft.

The rumored deal would see Big Buff go to Florida along with the ninth overall selection in the draft in exchange for Florida's number one overall pick. As it stands, the deal is nothing more than one of many unsubstantiated rumors floating around, but we'll pass along the details if it comes to fruition.

Dustin Byfuglien RW WPG 8 Months

Dustin Byfuglien would prefer to start next season back on defense.

He was asked if he expected to start next season as a forward and he said: "I hope not. It's been done before, so it wasn't the end of the world. I just had to go do my job, that's it. I always prefer defense first but whatever they tell me to do, I'll just go do it." Coach Paul Maurice plans to have Byfuglien on the wing again.

Dustin Byfuglien RW WPG 8 Months

The current plan is for Dustin Byfuglien to start the 2014-15 campaign as a forward.

That's coming from head coach Paul Maurice though, who hasn't committed to sticking with the club beyond the 2013-14 campaign. If Maurice decides not to re-sign with the Jets, then the plans surrounding Byfuglien could change.

Dustin Byfuglien RW WPG 8 Months

Dustin Byfuglien won't play again this season because of a muscle tear to his upper-body injury.

The Jets play three times this week to close out their 2013-14 season. Byfuglien will finish the year with 20 goals and 56 points in 78 games. He made a positive transition to forward after starting out on defense and it wouldn't be surprising if he played on the wing again next campaign.

Dustin Byfuglien RW WPG 8 Months

Dustin Byfuglien left Saturday night's game with an upper-body injury.

Byfuglien played 11:04 before departing in the second period. "Day to day," coach Paul Maurice said. "But the extent of it we won't know 'til we get back." Jets return home for Monday's game against the Wild. Byfuglien has 20 goals and 56 points this season.

Dustin Byfuglien RW WPG 8 Months

Dustin Byfuglien is expected to play Saturday night against Carolina.

He missed Wednesday's game with a lower-body injury but looks as he if he will be good to go Saturday night. We would take the chance and activate him.

Dustin Byfuglien RW WPG 8 Months

There's a good chance Dustin Byfuglien (lower body) will be able to return on Saturday.

Byfuglien will participate in the Jets' Saturday morning skate before a final determination will be made. Winnipeg is desperately trying to stay in the playoff race, so it seems likely that Byfuglien will end up playing if it's at all possible.

Dustin Byfuglien RW WPG 8 Months

Dustin Byfuglien is out with a lower-body injury.

Byfuglien will miss Wednesday's contest at the least and he's day-to-day beyond that. He has 19 goals and 52 points in 70 games this season. Meanwhile the Jets are trying to hold onto what little hope they have in the battle for a playoff spot.