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NHLPA files grievance against Winnipeg Jets on behalf of Dustin Byfuglien: reports

The NHLPA filed a grievance against the Winnipeg Jets on Wednesday challenging their suspension of Dustin Byfuglien, according to multiple reports.

Veteran defenceman was suspended by team after not appearing at training camp

The NHL Players' Association filed a grievance challenging Dustin Byfuglien's suspension by the Winnipeg Jets on Wednesday. (David Lipnowski/Getty Images)

The NHLPA filed a grievance against the Winnipeg Jets on Wednesday challenging their suspension of Dustin Byfuglien, according to multiple reports.

Byfuglien, 34, had been granted a personal leave at the outset of training camp, but was later barred without pay to help give the Jets room against the salary cap.

At the end of October, it was announced Byfuglien underwent surgery for a high-ankle sprain. However, the Jets said Byfuglien was deemed fit to play at his 2018-19 season-ending physical, with no sign of ankle issues. The team also said he made it clear he was ready to retire.

Byfuglien was supposed to earn $8 million US in the second-last year of his contract this season.

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