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Breaking: Furious with the team, Jets defenseman refuses to attend dressing room cleanout!

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As they were facing elimination against the mighty Vegas Golden Knights on Sunday afternoon, the Winnipeg Jets had no choice but to make significant changes to their lineup, hoping to solve the star goalie Marc-Andre Fleury and his relentless team. While head coach Paul Maurice announced the many changes to the lineup ahead of the fifth game of the Western Conference finals, fans seemed reassured that the Jets had a plan. However, one person was tremendously furious with the team's decision... 

Jets veteran defenseman Toby Enstrom was scratched from the lineup for Sunday's must-win Game 5 and the 33-year-old blue liner was not happy with the decision, according to Jeff Hamilton and Mike McIntyre of the Winnipeg Free Press. He was reportedly so upset with the club's decision, that he made one big move to express his anger. Following the elimination loss, Enstrom was nowhere to be found during Tuesday's cleanout, when the  rest of his teammates were cleaning out their dressing room. Reporters were even told he was "long gone", according to TSN

McInytre has reported that Enstrom was upset by head coach Paul Maurice's decision to sit him for Game 5, claiming that he had made the sacrifice to play hrough the Western Conference Final with broken ribs. Unfortunately for Enstrom, Maurice denied that he had been playing through that injury during his season-ending news conference on Tuesday.

"No, he had dealt with broken bones in his feet during the year. But nothing broken," Maurice stated on Tuesday. 

Enstrom was not the only player scratched from Game 5 of the Western Conference final on Sunday. Maurice also scratched defenseman Ben Chiarot and forward Andrew Copp while replacing them with Dmitry Kulikov, Joe Morrow and Joel Armia. However, no one other than Enstrom refused to show up at the cleaning out session with the rest of the team... 

"The conversations with all three of them aren’t easy, especially when you factor in the number of injuries Toby has played with over my time here, broken bones, and fought through. It was a difficult conversation to have, but you have to have those conversations when you believe what you’re doing is right," Maurice explained. 

In just 43 games in an unfortunate season filled with injuries, Enstrom scored one goal and added five assists over the course of the year. While he did take part in 11 postseason contests this spring, he was unable to put his name on the scoresheet... 

His reactions to the lineup changes and the cleanout day are raising a lot of questions on his future in Winnipeg. Enstrom is in the final year of a five-year, $28.75 million contract and is slated to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. 

While he was selected by the Atlanta Thrashers in the eighth round of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft and has spent his entire 11-year career with the Atlanta/Winnipeg franchise, Enstrom could now be on his way out and ready to sign with another franchise following this messy situation...

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Source: Winnipeg Free Press
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