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Maurice says having Byfuglien is ‘huge luxury for us’

Jan 26, 2014, 11:26 AM EDT

Dustin Byfuglien AP

Dustin Byfuglien was the Winnipeg Jets’ hero last night scoring the overtime game-winner.

After months of grief about his play and a transition from defense to forward, new coach Paul Maurice is enjoying the versatility Byfuglien brings as Ed Tait of the Winnipeg Free Press shares.

“So you get the benefit of the forward and a guy who has played a lot of time on defense,” Maurice said. “It’s a huge, huge luxury for us. It makes my (defensive) pairs right coming off the bench, and up front you get all your best offensive players on the ice that way. It really helps us running the bench.”

Byfuglien has always been an offensive dynamo on the blue line and we’ve seen his skills at forward while with the Chicago Blackhawks. If Maurice has faith in him in this re-transition to being a forward, it could bring a new dimension to the Jets attack.

  1. ipaintrinks - Jan 26, 2014 at 11:34 AM

    literally, huge.

  2. crazemastercraze - Jan 26, 2014 at 11:42 AM

    Finally playing the way he should. Amazing, all that was needed was a coaching change

    • polegojim - Jan 26, 2014 at 11:47 AM

      Shouldn’t that tell you something about character… in a VET???

  3. 950003cups - Jan 26, 2014 at 12:11 PM

    Paul Maurice was my favorite choice for head coach of the Devils when Lemaire retired. Winnipeg will do very well under his command. He’s very smart and very clever. I wish we hired him.

  4. gojetsgo33 - Jan 26, 2014 at 3:10 PM

    Still doesn’t look really comfortable in the offence but is getting better each and every game.

  5. djshnooks - Jan 26, 2014 at 4:29 PM

    Coaching changes help a ton…

    Look at the Sabres since Ted Nolan came back to take over the team…it is day and night, compare to Ron Rolson…and even Lindy Ruff’s last year or two.

    On a side note…this dude is incredibly gifted…not many players can make that transition from F to D and back to F…just shows how versatile he really is.

  6. minnesotamirage - Jan 26, 2014 at 6:32 PM

    He’s a force out front and has a hell of a shot.

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