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New Jets coach plans to leave Dustin Byfuglien as a forward for now

Tuesday, 01.14.2014 / 3:35 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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New Jets coach plans to leave Dustin Byfuglien as a forward for now

WINNIPEG - New Winnipeg Jets coach Paul Maurice says he's leaving Dustin Byfuglien at forward for now.

Maurice was impressed with how Byfuglien played in Winnipeg's 5-1 win over the Phoenix Coyotes on Monday night.

Byfuglien had two assists versus Phoenix and remains the third highest-scoring defenceman in the league with 37 points.

But Maurice says he'll remain as a forward until the coach sees something that warrants a change.

Maurice adds the best-case scenario is being able to slot Byfuglien wherever he's needed.

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