It seems that being an NHL all-star and a father rather agree with Winnipeg Jets defenceman Dustin Byfuglien.

The 26-year-old from Roseau, Minn., was as relaxed and engaging as he's been all season Friday when he met with reporters at the MTS Centre to discuss his selection to play in the NHL's all-star game Jan. 29 in Ottawa.

Byfuglien hasn't given interviews in weeks, in part because he hasn't played since Dec. 23. He injured his knee -- he confirmed it was that on Friday -- practising after Christmas and will miss a ninth straight game today against the New Jersey Devils.

"Any opportunity you get to go to an all-star game, it's a privilege," a smiling Byfuglien said Friday after his teammates finished their practice. "You've just got to have fun with it.

"You get to go out on the ice with guys that you always wanted to be on the ice with, Iginla, Sedins, Lidstrom. To have the opportunity to put on the same jersey with them, and be a part of a fun weekend."

Big questions for Jets fans are -- will he be able to play in the all-star contest, and when will he play again for the Jets?

"I hope so (to play)," Byfuglien said. "Rehab's going well right now. I'll just hopefully get on the ice here in the next week."

The all-star game is 15 days away.