The Department of Player Safety has already confirmed Winnipeg Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien will have a hearing (and probably a suspension) after performing this amateur chiropractic adjustment on J.T Miller:
Byfuglien’s crosscheck is irresponsible on many different levels. The Jets are right in the middle of the most critical juncture of their homestretch push for a playoff berth, and they simply can’t afford to be without such a huge contributor to their blueline. Miller is in no position to play the puck, literally lying on his back while the Jets start an outlet pass out of their own zone. Lastly, Buff crosschecks him in the head/neck area, which is as foolish as it is dangerous.
I had the Jets pegged as a non-playoff team at the beginning of the season, and I love what Paul Maurice has done to that club, and I especially like the play of Dustin Byfuglien. I’ve heard many Blackhawks dismiss Big Buff with the same waive of the hand they give other former spare parts like Brandon Bollig and Dave Bolland, but he’s a much higher caliber of player than those two, and he’s really entertaining to watch. He plays a very physical game, and I hope he can learn to curb this type of careless play before he develops a reputation like Daniel Carcillo or Matt Cooke.