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 Byfuglien on Personal Leave and may Retire [message #742938]
Wed, 18 September 2019 09:35 Go to next message
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https://mobile.twitter.com/TSNBobMcKenzie/status/11742900568 67192832?s=20

"Dustin Byfuglien, currently on personal leave from WPG, is believed to be using the time to ponder his NHL future. I’m not saying Byfuglien is retiring; I’m not saying he’s coming back to play. Only that he’s contemplating his options and there’s no timetable for a decision."

Pretty unexpected story here. He is 34, has 14 million dollars over 2 years on his contract left, and has had concussions.



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 Re: Byfuglien on Personal Leave and may Retire [message #742943 is a reply to message #742938 ]
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If Byfuglien retires, based on what I read, his cap hit will be off the books. With the loss of Trouba, Myers and now Byf, that's a lot of dmen gone especially vets. The Oilers have a vet dman who's a heart and soul guy, who's signed for 2 more years, making 4 mill in cap hit but next year it's only 2.5 mill in dollars in Russell. He's pretty versatile, probably wouldn't cost a team much to get him and given the amount of younger dmen looking for spots, the Oilers could probably afford to let him go.

Just saying Jets. icon_biggrin



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 Re: Byfuglien on Personal Leave and may Retire [message #742950 is a reply to message #742943 ]
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Given his age and career history, I wouldn't be too surprised if he retires. His lifetime earnings of $65,000,000 should take care of him and his family for the rest of their lives.

Sure does leave the Jets in a mess on defense, though, and through the whole team that not so long ago looked like a team ready to make a long playoff run.

I'd be okay with the Oilers letting go of Russell to the Jets, providing he would waive his no-movement clause so that Winnipeg would be on his list of 10 teams he would be willing to go to.





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 Re: Byfuglien on Personal Leave and may Retire [message #742954 is a reply to message #742950 ]
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GabbyDugan wrote on Wed, 18 September 2019 09:24

Given his age and career history, I wouldn't be too surprised if he retires. His lifetime earnings of $65,000,000 should take care of him and his family for the rest of their lives.

Sure does leave the Jets in a mess on defense, though, and through the whole team that not so long ago looked like a team ready to make a long playoff run.

I'd be okay with the Oilers letting go of Russell to the Jets, providing he would waive his no-movement clause so that Winnipeg would be on his list of 10 teams he would be willing to go to.




He had some concussion issues in the past, might be the reason... he'll be giving up 2 x $7 million, so big decision.



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 Re: Byfuglien on Personal Leave and may Retire [message #742957 is a reply to message #742954 ]
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Skookum Jim wrote on Wed, 18 September 2019 10:56

GabbyDugan wrote on Wed, 18 September 2019 09:24

Given his age and career history, I wouldn't be too surprised if he retires. His lifetime earnings of $65,000,000 should take care of him and his family for the rest of their lives.

Sure does leave the Jets in a mess on defense, though, and through the whole team that not so long ago looked like a team ready to make a long playoff run.

I'd be okay with the Oilers letting go of Russell to the Jets, providing he would waive his no-movement clause so that Winnipeg would be on his list of 10 teams he would be willing to go to.




He had some concussion issues in the past, might be the reason... he'll be giving up 2 x $7 million, so big decision.

Two words: Load Management

Seriously though, if a guy is worried about his body, mind, and future it's a tough choice.



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 Re: Byfuglien on Personal Leave and may Retire [message #742959 is a reply to message #742957 ]
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CrusaderPi wrote on Wed, 18 September 2019 10:22



Two words: Load Management




I'd bet that it will happen eventually in the NHL. They have already moved that way with goalies. I don't see why it wouldn't with star players.

Quite simply, the NHL season has too many games for a sport that tough on the body. I'd be very supportive of less games. I'd happily pay the same amount of money for less hockey but more meaningful games.

It will probably never happen though. TV deals, beer sales yada yada yada.



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 Re: Byfuglien on Personal Leave and may Retire [message #742963 is a reply to message #742959 ]
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smyth260 wrote on Wed, 18 September 2019 11:49

CrusaderPi wrote on Wed, 18 September 2019 10:22



Two words: Load Management




I'd bet that it will happen eventually in the NHL. They have already moved that way with goalies. I don't see why it wouldn't with star players.

Quite simply, the NHL season has too many games for a sport that tough on the body. I'd be very supportive of less games. I'd happily pay the same amount of money for less hockey but more meaningful games.

It will probably never happen though. TV deals, beer sales yada yada yada.

I would do it now. Not as much as what's his name in Toronto, but I'd definitely let important players skip the second game of a road back to back. Or bring a third tender onto the roster so the goalies could avoid a day of travel on road back to backs. Stuff like that. I wouldn't do it for home games, but do I care about the 3400 fans in Florida on a Tuesday night? Nope. Not even a little.



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 Re: Byfuglien on Personal Leave and may Retire [message #742994 is a reply to message #742954 ]
Wed, 18 September 2019 19:04 Go to previous message
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Skookum Jim wrote on Wed, 18 September 2019 09:56

GabbyDugan wrote on Wed, 18 September 2019 09:24

Given his age and career history, I wouldn't be too surprised if he retires. His lifetime earnings of $65,000,000 should take care of him and his family for the rest of their lives.

Sure does leave the Jets in a mess on defense, though, and through the whole team that not so long ago looked like a team ready to make a long playoff run.

I'd be okay with the Oilers letting go of Russell to the Jets, providing he would waive his no-movement clause so that Winnipeg would be on his list of 10 teams he would be willing to go to.




He had some concussion issues in the past, might be the reason... he'll be giving up 2 x $7 million, so big decision.


He's already made over $56 million (minus taxes). $14 million versus health might not be that big of a decision.



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