Report: Jets’ Byfuglien says he’s ready to play

Coach Paul Maurice says he expects forwards Dustin Byfuglien and Jim Slater and defenceman Zach Bogosian to skate in the morning and he's fairly optimistic they will be able to dress for the game. (CP)

Dustin Byfuglien, who missed the last five games after aggravating a lower body injury, has declared himself ready to return to the Winnipeg Jets’ lineup.

According to, Byfuglien told the media following morning practice on Sunday that he had recovered.

“It felt good. It’s been awhile and it’s nice to be back out there with some guys,” Byfuglien told the Winnipeg Free Press.

When asked about playing when the Philadelphia Flyers come to town on Tuesday, the 27-year-old said “As of right now, I think so. Good to go.”

“I just had a little maintenance to do on the lower body, just taking care of it. We didn’t want it to drag it on and make it happen for the long haul so we took care of it right away,” He added.

Byfuglien has three goals and four assists in six games this season.