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January 28, 2014 | 11:34am ET
Will Winnipeg deal Byfuglien?

The Jets have been soaring since Paul Maurice took over behind the bench, but they may have to make more than just a coaching change if they want a shot at the playoffs.

Winnipeg has gone 5-1 since Maurice's debut on Jan. 12, but they still has to accumulate at least seven more points to squeeze into the last wildcard spot, currently held by the Minnesota Wild.

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.

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