Altitude Check: Thursday February 2, 2012 Winnipeg Jets Headlines

COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 12: Jeff Carter #7 of the Columbus Blue Jackets takes a shot on goal during the game against the Winnipeg Jets at Nationwide Arena on November 12, 2011 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)

Hey all! Here is our feature running Monday through Friday 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 Thursday, February 2, 2012:

Previewing tonight's game vs. Tampa Bay. [NHL.com]

Our SB Nation pals at Raw Charge offer more from a Lightning perspective. [Raw Charge]

Good news everyone! Dustin Byfuglien and Alexander Burmistrov should be back in action soon: "Officially, whether the two players return Thursday against the Tampa Lightning will be a "game-time decision," according to head coach Claude Noel, but both men have practiced fully with the team for the last two days and declared themselves good to go after Wednesday’s session at the Tampa Bay Times Forum." [WFP]

As previously celebrated here at Artcic Ice Hockey, Chris Thorburn scored his first goal of the year which only took him fifty games to produce (next Thorburn goal expected in 2012 playoffs, should the Jets qualify). How does the Jets pugilist feel about lighting the lamp? "Yeah, it’s a sense of relief but at the same time it gives me the confidence to know I can do it. I can get a good shot away and give myself a chance to score. It’s like I haven’t been getting chances. I just haven’t been able to find the back of the net. Hopefully this starts something good." The Chris Thorburn Rule is now in effect as the Jets are undefeated when he scores. This is similar to the Corey Perry Rule which goes into effect when Canada plays in the Olympics. [Winnipeg Sun]

Dustin Byfuglien is seeking a lesser charge for this summer's boating incident in Minnesota. [CBC]

Winnipeg is one of the top 15 teams in per-game revenue in this, their inaugural year. "Despite playing in the league's smallest venue, the Jets have played to 100 per cent capacity and rank 25th in official league attendance, ahead of Columbus, Anaheim, Dallas, the New York Islanders and Phoenix. As well, the Jets are apparently ranked No. 2 in merchandise sales among all NHL teams while all of the suites at MTS Centre are sold out for the next few years." [WFP]

Urgh, this trade proposal makes my brain hurt: "To Winnipeg: F Jeff Carter, F Kristian Huselius To Columbus: F Nik Antropov, D Ron Hainsey, D Zach Redmond". Yeah, that's not happening. Ever. [Our Hometown]

Keith Tkachuk can relate to the bad press that Evander Kane has been receiving. [Canoe]

Finally, TSN color analyst Ray Ferraro chirps Dion Phaneuf when he thinks his mic is off then later offers his views on Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Paul Martin. NSFW [YouTube]

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