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Jets Sign Dustin Byfuglien To 5 Years $38 Million

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  • Jets Sign Dustin Byfuglien To 5 Years $38 Million

    Winnipeg Jets re-sign Dustin Byfuglien to 5-year deal

    The Winnipeg Jets removed what would have been the most sought-after trade deadline target in re-signing All-Star defenseman Dustin Byfuglien to a five-year contract Monday.

    The deal is worth an average of $7.6 million per season, the team announced.

    Byfuglien, 30, was set to be become an unrestricted free agent July 1, and the clock was ticking on the Jets to either re-sign him or trade him before the Feb. 29 trade deadline.

    Byfuglien has 32 points (15 goals, 17 assists) in 52 games this season.

    He was acquired from the Chicago Blackhawks in the summer of 2010 when the Jets franchise was still in Atlanta.

    "I've been here five years," Byfuglien told reporters Monday. "Where we started and where we're at now, I don't feel as an organization and as a group that we're far off. We've taken the right steps.

    "My family and I find Winnipeg nice, and we're very happy to stay here and sign this. ... I'm excited that I'm a Jet.''

    The deal includes a full no-movement clause which kicks in immediately and runs through the first two years of the new contract, a source said. Starting in Year 3 of the new deal, the terms shift to a modified no-trade clause in which Byfuglien submits a list of teams to which he would accept a trade.

    The Jets are banking on Byfuglien.

    "It's an exciting time for our franchise," Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff told Winnipeg reporters. "It really underscores what's happening within this room right now."