Dustin Byfuglien granted leave of absence from Winnipeg Jets

The Winnipeg Jets will be without Big Buff for at least a little while.

It was announced Friday that defenceman Dustin Byfuglien has been granted a personal leave of absence from the hockey team.

The news came out in a single sentence tweet. No reason was given.

Head coach Paul Maurice and general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff are expected to meet with reporters later in the morning.

The team is already missing three other starting defenceman from last season. Jacob Trouba was dealt to the New York Rangers while Tyler Myers and Ben Chiarot signed with new teams in free agency — Myers with the Vancouver Canuks and Chiarot with the Montreal Canadiens.

Friday is the first day of Jets training camp with the team’s pre-season set to begin on Monday in Edmonton against the Oilers.

The first game of the 2019-20 regular season goes Oct. 3 in New York against the Rangers.

Dustin Byfuglien celebrates after scoring against the Nashville Predators during the NHL playoffs last season. (Trevor Hagan/Canadian Press)

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