Altitude Check: Thursday March 29, 2012 Winnipeg Jets News Headlines

MONTREAL, CANADA - OCTOBER 26: Montreal Canadiens General Manager Pierre Gauthier addresses the media on the firing of Asstistant Coach Perry Pearn prior to the NHL game between the Montreal Canadiens and the Philadelphia Flyers at the Bell Centre on October 26, 2011 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/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 and elsewhere in the NHL.

Here is what's in the news for Thursday, March 29, 2012:

BREAKING: The Montreal Canadiens have fired General Manager Pierre Gauthier. Ed. Note: I really, really hope this means Pierre McGuire gets a job as an NHL GM. He would load his roster with so many monsters... oh man! [CBC]

Recapping Winnipeg's latest loss to the New York Rangers: "After battling for the better part of two months to remain in the playoff chase, the Jets flickering hopes were dealt another crushing blow on Wednesday night as they fell 4-2 to the New York Rangers before a dejected crowd of 15,004 at MTS Centre. The Jets looked spent and are basically running on fumes." [Winnipeg Sun]

Our SB Nation pals at Blueshirt Banter offer more from a Rangers perspective. [Blueshirt Banter]

Winnipeg's slide down the overall standings continues. They are 1-6-0 in their last seven games. [WFP]

If the Buffalo Sabres win Friday night in Pittsburgh, the Jets will be mathematically eliminated from the NHL playoff picture. [CBC]

The Jets poor special teams play is a good place to start the autopsy on last night's loss. They were anemic on the power play and ineffective on the penalty kill. [WFP]

Although the last two weeks of the Jets season have been a disappointment, it is good to see that Antti Miettinen is starting to find his scoring touch. [Winnipeg Sun]

Chris Thorburn is really hoping to get back into the Jets line-up before the end of the season: "I want to get back. No one likes being out so I want to make sure that the injury has healed and I'm ready to go. It's nothing serious. It's just something that had to take some time." [WFP]

Fantastic news that the Winnipeg Jets will continue to honor the memory of Dan Snyder: "The Winnipeg Jets will be awarding the Dan Snyder Memorial Trophy to one of their own at their final home game against the Tampa Bay Lightning on April 7, keeping alive one of the traditions started by the Atlanta Thrashers." [Calgary Herald]

The depleted St. John's IceCaps were shutout by the Norfolk Admirals last night. [The Telegram]

Game 5 of the WHL's Quarter-Final series between the Brandon Wheat Kings and Calgary Hitmen will be played tonight at the MTS Centre. A win for the Wheaties would push them into the second round and would go a long way to quell some of Kelly McCrimmon's pain as he still mourns the loss of his brother Brad, who perished in the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl plane crash that took the lives of the entire team back in September. [Winnipeg Sun]

Finally, read this awesome interview that our SB Nation pals at Raw Charge conducted with Patrick Burke regarding the You Can Play project. Great stuff! [Raw Charge]

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