You to have think that Dustin Byfuglien in particular and the Winnipeg Jets organization as a whole were breathing sighs of relief on Monday.

After all, it could have been worse for the Jets' star defenceman.

By avoiding a trial and having the more severe charges thrown out by the court, Byfuglien came away relatively unscathed, pleading guilty to careless boating in a Minneapolis court room.

Without delving too deep into the laws of Minnesota, accepting a misdemeanour was a much more palatable ending to an incident Byfuglien wishes he could have avoided entirely.