Andrew Ladd Dustin Byfuglien Winnipeg Jets

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Winnipeg Free Press: Winnipeg Jets discussing contract extensions with Andrew Ladd and Dustin Byfuglien.

Gary Lawless:

Ladd wants to remain in Winnipeg. He has a young family and more and more this city is a fit. He also likes the organization and the work general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff has done. So, he’s willing to work with the Jets. But not at a $5-million or more discount. All told, Ladd’s next ticket is going to be worth in the range of $40 million.

As for Byfuglien, his agent tells Lawless that he and the club have engaged in nothing more than preliminary discussions. Even at age 30, he’ll likely command more than the $5.2-million cap hit per season on his current deal.

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