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Will Dustin Byfuglien’s leave of absence lead to a permanent departure from the NHL? TSN’s Bob McKenzie reports that the defenseman is “contemplating his options,” while Winnipeg-based TSN radio host Rick Ralph said a source told him Byfuglien “lost his love for the game.” The Jets aren’t talking about it. “When you have a player ask for time and privacy, you open [it] up to all the speculation. I understand that. Our options are to be completely forthcoming, and then we open up the question and answer period; or to do what’s always done and say that it’s a private matter,” said Maurice, who said there have been “a number of open lines of communication” with Byfuglien and the team.

Greg Wyshynski
Greg Wyshynski

Follow the money on this Artem Anisimov trade by the Chicago Blackhawks. They shed his $4.55 million cap hit through 2021 by shipping Anisimov, 31, to the Ottawa Senators, a deal made possible by his trade protection lapsing after July 1. The Senators only pay him $2 million this season, after the Blackhawks paid his $2 million signing bonus for 2019-20, and $3 million next season. Zach Smith, the 31-year-old winger the Blackhawks acquired in the deal, has a $3.25 million AAV and is owed $6.5 million for the next two seasons. The Senators get a larger cap hit and save $1.5 million in real dollars. A very Ottawa move.

Greg Wyshynski
Greg Wyshynski