Altitude Check: Monday, April 2, 2012 Winnipeg Jets News Headlines

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 Monday, April 2, 2012:

Let the eulogies begin. The Winnipeg Jets post season hopes are dead: "There was no pressure on management this season but it will begin to increase now that the honeymoon of Year 1 is almost over. There's a long-term plan being used by Jets management and they won't stray from it to try and grab some quick success. But that won't prevent them from expecting more from the group they have and doing what they can to improve the roster. The bottom line today is the Jets are done. No one wants to make a habit of reading that sentence." [WFP]

Kirk Penton on what ailed the Winnipeg Jets this season: "But now it’s about improving a team that looked a lot like the old Atlanta Thrashers. There wasn’t enough talent up front, the defensive corps could have used a little more size, and the goaltending, while probably the best of the three primary areas of the squad, still could have been a little better." [Winnipeg Sun]

Despite missing the playoffs, Jets fan Kevin Gilmour is still proud of his team. [CBC]

It's looking like the Jets will be drafting anywhere from picks 7-9 in this years upcoming NHL Entry Draft. [NHL.com]

Congratulations to the St. John's IceCaps who qualified for the Calder Cup playoffs this past weekend. [The Telegram]

The Barrie Colts took a 3-2 series lead against the Mississauga St. Michael's Majors this weekend, but it came at a cost. Winnipeg Jets prospect Mark Scheifele was injured after a hit from behind: ""We won’t know yet," said Hawerchuk on Scheifele’s condition. "We’ll assess him tomorrow."" [Barrie Examiner]

This is how I know Gary Lawless has gone crazy: He thinks that some NHL Owner (namely Geoff Molson of the Montreal Canadiens) should hire John Ferguson Jr. to become their clubs new General Manger. Oy! [WFP]

Meanwhile, Dominik Jansky of SB Nation's Lighthouse Hockey brings you the top candidates to fill Pierre Gauthier's former position. [SB Nation]

Things are looking grim in Phoenix as the season winds down and the Coyotes are still without an owner. Additionally, current mayor Elaine Scruggs - who has been a large proponent of keeping the NHL in Glendale - will be stepping down from her post, while leaving the city in approximately 1 billion dollars in debt. [SB Nation]

Finally, watching the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins go toe-to-toe yesterday afternoon has me really jazzed up for this to be a first round playoff series. Also, Scott Hartnell is awesome. [Puck Daddy]

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