Jets right-wing/defenseman Dustin Byfuglien was the target of trade rumors prior to Maurice taking over, and received much criticism for his sloppy defensive play.
Since the firing of Claude Noel, Byfuglien has improved his point production, hammering out four points in five games as a forward, including an overtime-winning goal against Toronto.
Despite recent success playing forward, trade rumors have continued to swirl around Byfuglien.
Craig Custance of ESPN argues there is still an appeal in trading the 28-year-old and dealing him during a hot streak could also improve what the Jets receive in return.
Byfuglien has accumulated 40 points (12 goals and 28 assists) so far this season, however his minus-16 rating is what concerns the club. Byfuglien has previously voiced his preference for playing defense.
Byfuglien is currently in his third year of a five-year, $26 million contract, with a cap hit of $5.2 million.