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Byfuglien going to trial on drunken boating charges

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Prior to a settlement conference for Dustin Byfuglien’s boating while intoxicated charges, Big Buff’s lawyer, Mitch Robinson, said he’d fight for reduced charges.

Careless boating is something we can live with,” he explained.

Guess who couldn’t live with it? A Minneapolis-based judge and prosecutor, apparently.

According to the Winnipeg Sun, Byfuglien’s lawyer was  unable to reach an agreement on a reduced charge Thursday morning, meaning Big Buff is off to trial.

“There’s no reasonable offer on the table,” Robinson told The Sun. “I’m always hopeful we’ll be able to settle these cases without going to trial, because there’s never any guarantee what a jury is going to do.”

Robinson said there’s a slight chance of a resolution before a trial starts — the parties will meet again in April to set a date — but he’s not optimistic it’ll happen. Robinson originally stated he’d “like to see something not alcohol or drug related” but, given the charges Byfuglien is facing (boating while intoxicated, refusing a blood or urine test, boating without navigational lights and enough flotation gear) that doesn’t appear likely.

[Note: Robinson had stated previously that “about 85 percent” of cases are settled at the settlement conference. So read into that what you will.]

Byfuglien pleaded not guilty to the charges back in October. He’s currently with the Jets in Tampa Bay, expected to return to the lineup tonight for the first time since suffering a knee injury in late December.

Panthers’ Crouse is going back to junior

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Lawson Crouse is going back to junior. The big 18-year-old winger confirmed it today on Twitter.

Crouse was drafted 11th overall in June by the Florida Panthers. Despite the club’s belief that Crouse could make “an immediate impact” on the roster, he finished the preseason with just two shots and one assist in three games.

Crouse will return to the OHL’s Kingston Frontenacs, with whom he’ll look to improve on his modest point totals from last season.

“I don’t think there’s any pressure on the kid,” coach Gerard Gallant said last week. “If he doesn’t make the team this year he goes back to junior … and will have a lot of success.”

Yes! Jagr’s bringing back the mullet

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The greatest mullet in sports history is making a comeback.

According to the Miami Herald’s George Richards, Jaromir Jagr says he’s bringing back the party in the back.

“I have to,” Jagr, 43, said.

Jagr’s teammate with the Florida Panthers, goalie Roberto Luongo, appears to have been the lead lobbyist in all this.

Anyway, this is fantastic.