Frozen Fantasy: Buff Stuff?
Frozen Fantasy: Buff Stuff?

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Last week, reader @Dust21 asked me about Dustin Byfuglien – was he worth holding or should he be dropped? Easy one. Drop.

Same answer today. But man, has that situation gotten weird.

Saturday night, CBC's Elliotte Friedman revealed the back-story to Big Buff's disappearing act. It doesn't make me want to own him – I still think his value this season in minimal.

But it does make me think about culture, the impact it has on success and what it means to the Jets' future.

By all accounts, Byfuglien loved the 'Peg. He's outdoorsy. It's close to his Minny home. And the city embraced his laid-back personality as much as his elite talent.

The 6-foot-5 wrecking ball is indeed an elite talent. But something tipped the scale for him. The relationship feels broken, based on Friedman's report.

At the end of last season, hard-nosed captain Blake Wheeler snapped at a reporter after they were ousted from the postseason. An Eff-you was leveled. And despite a so-called summer of reflection, the captain was still a little bitter about media accounts of dissention on the team.

But that aside, it's Wheeler's last comment that sticks with me: "I only have two hands. I can't hold everyone's hand all day."

He was referring to his teammates.

Ten teams in the West have a better goal differential than the Jets right now. My usual benchmark for assessing a team's future using that metric comes around Game 20.

I'd like to think the Jets can

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Janet Eagleson
Janet Eagleson is a seven-time Finalist and four-time winner of the Hockey Writer of the Year award from the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. She is a lifelong Toronto Maple Leafs fan, loved the OHL London Knights when they were bad and cheers loudly for the Blackhawks, too. But her top passion? The World Junior Hockey Championships each and every year.
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