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Elliotte Friedman: Winnipeg Jets Dustin Byfuglien situation is “Emotional, Heated, and it’s likely going to Arbitration”

Some Saturday headlines about number 33.

Soap operas have less drama than the situation currently unfolding between the Winnipeg Jets and Dustin Byfuglien.

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On tonight’s “Headlines” segment on Hockey Night in Canada, Elliotte Friedman and Chris Johnston provided updates regarding the Dustin Byfuglien situation.

Friedman began by indicating that the Jets have been advised to “not say anything”.

The newsiest item from the report was that in the course of undergoing ankle surgery, it was discovered that Dustin Byfuglien had suffered a broken bone in his foot, but the specific time-frame as to when the suspended Jets defenseman suffered that injury is in dispute (i.e. was it a lingering injury from last season, or a relatively recent malady).

In addition to the report of the broken bone, Elliotte Friedman reported that the Winnipeg Jets deemed Dustin Byfuglien “fit to play” following his exit physical at the conclusion of the Jets’ 2018-19 season.

Johnston added that while Byfuglien was uncertain about his future he has “since indicated a willingness to return and play.”

Friedman said the other part of the story is “If Dustin Byfuglien does want to play, does Winnipeg still want him and does he still want to play for Winnipeg?  Because in this situation with everything that we’ve talked about here, there are going to be questions about both.”

The entire segment is worth watching, and if anything is apparent, it’s that this saga has a few more twists and turns before it will reach its ultimate conclusion.

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Host of the Illegal Curve Hockey Show and NHL This Week on TSN 1290 Winnipeg.
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