Altitude Check: Thursday January 19, 2012 Winnipeg Jets Headlines

BUFFALO, NY - NOVEMBER 8: Luke Adam #72 of the Buffalo Sabres is checked by Mark Stuart #5 of the Winnipeg Jets during their NHL game at First Niagara Center November 8, 2011 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Dave Sandford/Getty Images)

Hey all! Here is our feature running Monday through Friday that will bring you up to date with what's going on in the media pertaining to the Winnipeg Jets.

Here are your headlines for Thursday, January 19, 2012:

Previewing Jets v. Sabres. [NHL.com]

Our SB Nation Pals over at Die By The Blade offer their preview. [Die By The Blade]

Redundancy Alert: To all those who say this team isn't the Atlanta Thrashers, well... you're wrong: "If it walks like a Thrasher, talks like a Thrasher and plays hockey like a Thrasher, is it still a Thrasher? The Jets have begun the same kind of second-half swoon the Atlanta Thrashers suffered the last two seasons. There are obviously a few variables and they have by no means collapsed yet — there are, after all, 36 games remaining on the schedule — but so far, so not good." [Winnipeg Sun]

Congrats to the 41% of voters who think Winnipeg should be trade deadline buyers, your idiocy knows no bounds. I guess that some people can't grasp how True North is trying to build this team. (Hint: Slow and Steady.) [WFP]

Ken Wiebe lays it down for the 41%: "The cold, hard truth is that the Jets inherited the majority of the players on this roster and that this inaugural season of the Jets 2.0 version has basically been an open audition from the onset. It was basically a foregone conclusion that the Jets biggest issue would be scoring goals and that’s proven to be the case. Pure snipers don't exactly grow on trees — they’re usually found with a high draft pick, a shrewd trade or a high-priced free agent pick-up, though occasionally they can come from a late bloomer or a calculated waiver claim." [Toronto Sun]

MTS Centre patrons and ice cold beer. Truly a belligerent match made in heaven. Check out the inner workings of Budweiser "Bottoms Up" technology. [WFP]

Jonathan Willis gives you his picks for the NHL's Midseason Awards over at Jets Nation. [Part I, Part II]

Chris Dubiel of Rant Sports explains why playing the 2012-13 season in the Southeast Division is beneficial for the Jets. [Rant Sports]

Not Winnipeg Jets related, but a big congratulations to Peter Mueller who registered a three point night (2G, 1A) for the Colorado Avalanche as they defeated the Florida Panthers 4-3 in overtime. Mueller has battled concussion issues since the 2009-10 season and after sitting out all of 2010-11, his return one of this year's feel good stories in sports. On top of scoring his first three points of the season (playing in only his eight game of the season), Mueller was selected as the 1st star of the game. Our SB Nation Pals over at Mile High Hockey have more information in their game recap. [Mile High Hockey]

And lastly, a two part finale for you today! First, the Washington Capitals faced Rene Bourque (now of the Montreal Canadiens) for the first time since he injured Nicklas Backstrom with a head-hunting elbow. Russian Machine Never Breaks offers a Punch Out style revenge video that is very well done. Secondly, if you hate the Boston Bruins/Bruins Fans/The Greater Boston Area/Tom Brady/UGG's/etc., you'll get a kick out of Tampa Bay Lightning mascot "Thunder Bug" as he torments a "Stupid Bruins Fan". Enjoy! [RMNB, Puck Daddy]

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