Altitude Check: Tuesday December 6, 2011 Winnipeg Jets Headlines

Hey all! This is a new daily feature that will bring you up to date on what's going on in the media pertaining to the Winnipeg Jets.

Here are your headlines for Tuesday December 6, 2011:

Earth-shattering news everyone! The NHL Board of Governors has approved a complete overhaul to their conference alignment. What you need to know: Four conferences in all. Top four teams from each conference qualify for the playoffs. The real kicker? You could see a Boston vs Pittsburgh Stanley Cup Final. Dogs and cats living together!? Mass hysteria! [CBC Sports]

So what does this mean for Winnipeg? [Toronto Sun]

Assessing travel mileage under new Four Conference format. Sorry Florida and Tampa Bay! [Puck Daddy]

More Puck Daddy: The potential downfall of overhauling the system. Hint: Playoff match-ups are going to get awful repetitive! [Puck Daddy]

Fan perspective of realignment: "The conferences should be Gretzky, Lemieux, Orr, Howe, give or take Richard. Although I'd prefer Smythe, Adams, Norris, Patrick." [Joe Churchill, via Twitter]

The Jets are on the verge of eclipsing .500? Well, not really, they are on the verge of possibly being 12-15. [Globe & Mail]

To do that though, they'll have to take down the NHL's most dominant team. Somehow I don't see that happening. [NESN]

Jackie MacMullan on the emergence of Tyler Seguin: "To no one's surprise, Seguin hasn't been a healthy scratch all season. He is on a line with Bergeron and Marchand that is electric, prolific. Tyler Seguin is almost 20, and he's exactly what he planned to be -- one of the top young talents in the game." [ESPN]

Despite a depleted roster, the St. Johns Ice Caps continue to win hockey games, playing dominant hockey on the road. [The Telegram]

Finally, it's not Jets related but still a fascinating read: Punched Out: The Life and Death of a Hockey Enforcer as authored by the New York Times John Branch. The story chronicles the life of NHL tough guy Derek Boogaard and is a riveting and masterful piece of writing. "[C.T.E] the degenerative disease was more advanced in Boogaard than it was in Bob Probert, a dominant enforcer of his generation, who played 16 N.H.L. seasons, struggled with alcohol and drug addictions and died of heart failure at age 45 in 2010." [Part 1, Part 2, Part 3]

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