The Winnipeg Jets are currently in a tough position.
General manager Kevin Cheveldayoff has yet to find a way to re-sign restricted free agents Kyle Connor and Patrik Laine. To make that situation worse, Laine has publicly called out the Jets coaching staff for bringing down his value by playing on the third line.
On top of that, the Jets lost three big pieces of their blueline during the summer as they traded Jacob Trouba and watched both Tyler Myers and Ben Chiarot walk during free agency.
Now the team might lose the biggest piece of their blueline right before the season starts.
Over the weekend the Jets announced that they had granted Dustin Byfuglien a leave of absence from the team with no other details, now it seems he might be ready to hang them up.
Bob McKenzie of TSN reports that Byfuglien is currently pondering his future in the NHL and there's no timetable for his decision. Retirement is on the table for the 34 year old who has two years left on his deal.
Neither the Jets nor Byfuglien’s agent Ben Hankinson responded to a request for comment.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) September 18, 2019