Dustin Byfuglien is injured again and there is no timetable for his return. He is considered week-to-week.
Bad news on #NHLJets D Dustin Byfuglien. He has a new injury, lower-body, won’t even be on this road trip. Further evaluation in about a week. No timetable for return. #wfp— Mike McIntyre (@mikemcintyrewpg) February 19, 2019
This is bad news for the Jets, but the timing is excellent. They should know if they should target a defenceman at the deadline instead of more help at forward. While losing Byfuglien is tough for the team, they will be able to evaluate Sami Niku or Tucker Poolman at the NHL level. If Byfuglein had to get hurt again this year, before the trade deadline was the best thing the Jets could have asked for. It is also bad because Byfuglien seems to be a glue guy and the type of a glue guy that teams need: he is very good and he instills the fear of god in the opposition.
Now, for Byfuglien this is bad news. This is the second lower body injury he has had this season and although they are unrelated, having two lower body injuries has got to be frustrating for the big man.
The Jets are in more of a pickle than they were this morning. For them to not have Byfuglien for at least a week and probably longer is not going to help them find their game any fast.