Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Dustin Byfuglien Arrested

This was not the way the Winnipeg Jets wanted to enter September, with their franchise returning after nearly 20 years and one of the captains of their new team being arrested on suspicion of drinking and boating after refusing a sobriety test. Depending on the charges and how things unfold in the legal system, the American Dustin Byfuglien might have difficulty getting in and out of Canada. To make matters even worse, Byfuglien was booked at 41 lbs over his playing weight from last season's all star performance. He's an assistant captain, he refused a sobriety test, he's 41 lbs overweight a month before the season starts, and it is not guaranteed he'll be allowed to enter Canada at any given time. Given that he's going to be playing 50-60 games on Canadian ice, that's a big problem.

The Winnipeg Jets should consider taking that letter off his jersey for at least one year, but I would not go so far as to trade him. Players like him don't grow on trees.

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