A prominent defenceman in the National Hockey League has announced his official retirement for the end of 2020. It was revealed by Dustin Byfuglien that after fifteen years in the NHL. His career sustained several teams, with the most prominent being Winnipeg’s Jets. Prolonged disputes between Dustin Byfuglien & the Winnipeg Jets forced a ten-year tenure with the team to end. Aged 35, this defenceman has reached the age where most professional begin considering retirement. If Dustin Byfuglien had been designed by the Winnipeg Jets, it would’ve been for a single season. His retirement would have come before the 2022-23 NHL season.

Disputes between Dustin Byfuglien & the Winnipeg Jets began when the defenceman suggested that his desire to compete was eliminated. Byfuglien told the coaching staff that he didn’t have motivation for the training camp in September 2019, it prompted an immediate dispute regarding his contract. The Winnipeg Jets General Manager didn’t sugarcoat the issues surrounding Dustin Byfuglien, with Kevin Cheveldayoff stating that the defenceman is likely to return for the 2021 NHL Season. It should be noted that Dustin didn’t report to training camp after informing coaching staff he’d lost motivation to compete. This prompted his immediate suspension from the team.

October 2019 saw Dustin Byfuglien’s agent contact Kevin Cheveldayoff, informing the General Manager that his client would compete for the Winnipeg Jets after emergency surgery to his ankle was conducted. Kevin Cheveldayoff agreed to the surgery, which occurred later that month. It enabled Dustin Byfuglien to compete for the Winnipeg Jets during the 2020 NHL Season, which was beneficial for the defenceman, as COVID-19 drastically limited what games were viable.

The Resolution

The two parties have resolved their disputes, with the Winnipeg Jets & Dustin Byfuglien agreeing to a terminated contract. Kevin Cheveldayoff clarified that before the defenceman had left the Winnipeg Jets, the Minnesota Wild’s had spoken with WJs General Manager & requested if they could buy off Dustin Byfuglien contract. It’d led to speculation that Dustin could before defencemen for his hometown, which would be a perfect way to end his career before retiring. The Minnesota Wild’s selected another defenceman, meaning that Dustin Byfuglien is being forced into retirement.