Jets, Byfuglien strike 5-year, $38M deal

– Big Buff is off the NHL free-agent market.

NHL teams looking to add a rental defenseman before the trade deadline will have to look elsewhere as the Winnipeg Jets signed Dustin Byfuglien to a $38 million, five-year contract extension. Byfuglien, 30, will be part of the Jets' long-range plan at a salary-cap hit of $7.6 million and is relieved he doesn't have to worry about finding a new landing spot this summer as an unrestricted free agent.

"It never really crossed my mind going anywhere," said Byfuglien, who grew up in Roseau, Minn. "You can't win a Stanley Cup overnight. It's a process, and I feel they're in the right state, so I thought I'd run with them."

Byfuglien was at the forefront of the Jets' first playoff appearance last spring in their fourth season in Winnipeg. At 6-5 and 260 pounds, he is a two-way force who can put up points, defend and deliver big hits.

Byfuglien has 15 goals and 17 assists this season, and those 32 points have him tied for 13th among defensemen.

HIGHLIGHTS

• CROSBY STREAK HITS SEVEN: Sidney Crosby scored on a pair of breakaways to extend his goal streak to a career-best seven games and added two assists to help the Penguins to a 6-2 victory over the Ducks in Pittsburgh.

• McDONAGH SIDELINED; RANGERS WIN: Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh did not play in a 2-1 victory over the visiting Devils because of a possible concussion. Coach Alain Vigneault said the defenseman still was feeling the effects of being punched in the face by Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds on Saturday. … Henrik Lundqvist made 27 saves and the Rangers posted their first three-game winning streak since November by beating New Jersey.

•PIETRANGELO OUT: The Blues placed defenseman Alex Pietrangelo on injured reserve because of a right knee injury that the team says will be re-evaluated in three weeks. Pietrangelo was injured in a knee-on-knee collision with the Wild's Charlie Coyle on Saturday.

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