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Dreger outlines next steps in Byfuglien case; grievance expected

4 novembre 2019
According to TSN Insider Darren Dreger, the NHL Player's Association is expected to file a grievance against the league once the case of Dustin Byfuglien's ankle surgery is fully reviewed. Once that happens, Dreger says the league is expected to contest the grievance, sending the case to an independent arbitrator. How long the review will take is anyone's guess at this point.



At issue is whether Byfuglien or the team is financially responsible for the surgery. Winnipeg contends an end-of-season physical after last year's playoffs deemed the big blueliner fit to play hockey and that he hadn't mentioned any ankle issues over the offseason. Byfuglien's camp argues he played late in the season and in the playoffs injured, and that the Jets were well aware of that fact. According to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman, Byfuglien's reps claim he showed up at training camp ready to play and that it was only after stepping on the ice that he realized the ankle would require rest and medical attention. According to the NHL's collective bargaining agreement, an injury suffered while playing must be paid for by the player's team.

Perhaps the most interesting part of this whole story now is the apparent mounting tension between the two sides. According to Friedman, should Byfuglien decide he wants to return from his leave of absence, there are legitimate questions over whether he wants to come back to Winnipeg. On the opposite side, there are also questions over whether Winnipeg is interested in having him back. The only way he could play for another team is via trade or a buy-out of his contract, making him a free agent. Byfuglien's contract carries an AAV of $7.6 million through this season and next, so a buy-out seems highly unlikely.
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