Weird week for Winnipeg Jets defenceman Dustin Byfuglien

Winnipeg Jets defenceman Dustin Byfuglien moves the puck during practice in Winnipeg, Man. Sunday...

Winnipeg Jets defenceman Dustin Byfuglien moves the puck during practice in Winnipeg, Man. Sunday April 07, 2013. (BRIAN DONOGH/QMI AGENCY)

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:49 PM ET

WINNIPEG - The Winnipeg Jets held an optional practice Sunday morning at MTS Centre, and defenceman Dustin Byfuglien was on the ice after playing less than 18 minutes in Saturday’s crucial 4-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers.

It looks like Byfuglien’s lack of playing time is his working his way out of the doghouse, but Jets head coach Claude Noel downplayed the situation following the practice.

“It’s what we deemed that he needed or we needed. We won the game,” a defiant Noel said. “He didn’t need to play 30 to win or to lose, so that’s the way it worked out. Charlie (Huddy) is the one that manages the minutes for the defence.

“A lot of it’s dictated by a lot of different things. You’re trying to win the game first of all, so you do what you have to do. His play’s been so-so, so that’s how it goes.”

Byfuglien has had an eventful week. He moved to forward for the second half of Tuesday’s loss to the New York Islanders and the first half of Thursday’s setback in Montreal.


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