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Dustin Byfuglien reaches plea deal

Updated: July 23, 2012, 1:59 PM ET
Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS -- Winnipeg Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien has avoided a trial on drunken boating charges by pleading guilty to careless boating.

Byfuglien reached a plea deal on Monday, the day his trial was to start in Minneapolis.

Byfuglien was charged last August with boating under the influence and refusing to take a chemical test after an incident on suburban Lake Minnetonka. Careless boating is a misdemeanor, and Byfuglien was sentenced to a year's probation, two days of public ...

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