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Sports Report: NHLPA files grievance challenging Byufglien's suspension

13:00  21 november  2019
13:00  21 november  2019 Source:   thescore.com

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The NHLPA on Wednesday filed a grievance on behalf of Winnipeg Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien challenging his suspension from the team, according to a Byfuglien never reported to the team for training camp or the regular season, and he is listed as " suspended without pay" by CapFriendly for

The NHLPA has filed a grievance challenging Dustin Byfuglien’ s suspension by the Winnipeg Jets, according to Sportsnet’ s Elliotte Friedman. — Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) November 20, 2019. The veteran defenceman was suspended by the team for failing to report to training camp.

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The NHL Players' Association has filed a grievance challenging the suspension of inactive Winnipeg Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman.

Byfuglien was suspended by the team without pay when he didn't attend training camp in September. He was reportedly considering retirement but it was later revealed that the defenseman underwent ankle surgery to repair unresolved issues from an injury he suffered last season.

Jets head coach Paul Maurice said the decision was "absolutely procedural," and that Byfuglien was aware of that. Winnipeg was dealing with minimal cap room and trying to sign restricted free agents Kyle Connor and Patrik Laine.

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i imagine the nhlpa is suggesting he is unable to play because of an injury caused while playing hockey . reasonable argument.

BREAKING: The NHLPA has filed a grievance challenging Dustin Byfuglien’ s suspension by the @NHLJets.https://www.sportsnet.ca/ hockey /nhl/ nhlpa - files - grievance - challenging -dustin-byfugliens- suspension / …

However, Friedman reported earlier in November that Byfuglien and the Jets are likely headed to arbitration to resolve the ongoing issue.

"It's emotional, it's heated, and it's likely going to arbitration," Friedman reported. "But, from what I understand, (the Jets) feel in the exit physical at the end of last year, Dustin Byfuglien was deemed fit to play. He didn't let anyone know that he had injuries with his ankle all summer, and made it clear at the beginning of the year he was ready to retire.

"However, Byfuglien - his representatives at Octagon and I assume the players' association, too - their position is Byfuglien was hurt going into the playoffs, everybody knew that, he was playing injured, he took all summer off to heal, he went to Winnipeg because he planned to play, his ankle acted up again when he started skating, and they feel it's a legitimate hockey injury."

If Byfuglien was deemed unhealthy due to a hockey-related injury and placed on long-term injured reserve, he could collect his $8-million base salary while recovering.

Byfuglien's recovery from surgery is expected to carry into the new year. His contract expires at the end of the 2020-21 campaign.

The 34-year-old led the Jets in ice time last season and recorded 31 points in 42 games.

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This is interesting!