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Winnipeg Jets defenceman Dustin Byfuglien believed to be considering retirement

Winnipeg Jets Head Coach Paul Maurice says he won't comment on the possibility that defencemen Dustin Byfuglien will retire before the season starts.

Winnipeg Jets defenceman Dustin Byfuglien is believed to be considering hanging up his skates, according to NHL insiders.

The team announced Byfuglien had been granted a personal leave of absence from the hockey team at the start of training camp last Friday.

When asked about the six-foot-five defenceman after Wednesday mornings skate, head coach Paul Maurice was tight-lipped.

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“Privacy is of paramount so I won’t comment on any speculation,” Maurice said.

However, last week Maurice said there’s “nothing sinister” to Byfuglien’s leave.

Maurice said the team is prepared to hit the ice without their star player.

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“This was kind of mentally dealt with a week ago,” Maurice said.

Maurice also noted the team was without Byfuglien for a good chunk of last season.

“Dustin missed half the hockey season for us last year, so specific to him, we’re used to not having him in the lineup.”

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Byfuglien, 34, had four goals and 27 assists in 42 games last season.

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