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.
Ed. Note: Now that we are through with the Stanley Cup Finals, Altitude Check will only be running on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Here is what's in the news for Wednesday, June 20, 2012:
Jets gm K.Cheveldayoff met E. Kane's agents today(Newport). Dismissed rumours of Kane's unhappiness. Talked contract parameters, but no #'s.— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) June 20, 2012
Take that RDS guy! Here is the story. [TSN]
More 2012 NHL Draft preview from the Winnipeg Free Press. So....... Brendan Gaunce? [WFP]
Jets management continues to preach the value of patience. [Winnipeg Sun]
The backstory on new Winnipeg Jets assistant head coach Perry Pearn and his strong ties to Winnipeg. [Winnipeg Sun]
Ken Wiebe chimes in on the Ondrej Pavelec contract negotiations: "So what is the fair market value for Pavelec? Darren Dreger of TSN suggested Tuesday that it could take roughly $4MM per season on a multi-year deal to find common ground, causing folks on twitter to weigh in with various takes and generally causing consternation among the Jets’ faithful. What can’t be argued is that the Jets lone goalie under contract for the 2012-13 season as of right now is Eddie Pasquale and he’s best served by another year with the St. John’s IceCaps of the American Hockey League. Some will say Pavelec has never won a playoff series. Good point, but Nashville Predators goalie and Vezina candidate Pekka Rinne has won a grand total of two series and he’s about to start a new contract that will pay him seven million per over the next seven seasons. Cha-ching." Oh good, we're comparing a goalie with a career .907 SV% to a two-time Vezina finalist? That seems apt? That's a clown analogy, bro. [Winnipeg Sun]
More Pavelec coverage from Lawless: "Three years at $3 million in the first year and climbing to four by the end is where Pavelec fits in today's market, according to league sources, but they say the Jets are coming in lower and Walsh is way above that range." I'd much rather Cheveldayoff maintain his hardball approach than he relent and overpay for mediocre goaltending and the potential every Pavelec supporter continues to spout off. [WFP]
Here's a nice bit of news involving True North Sports and Entertainments involvement in the local community: "The Winnipeg Jets True North Foundation announced Monday it's giving more than $1 million to 43 local charities, a sum that took everybody involved with the team, including co-owner Mark Chipman, by surprise." [WFP]
More infographs on the NHL Draft! This one pertains speicifically to first round draft picks and each teams ability to retain said picks. [Silver Oak Casino]
Yahoo! Sports Buzzing the Net completed their mock draft yesterday featuring various hockey writers, Corey Pronman and an anonymous NHL Scout. Click the link to see who was selected for Winnipeg. [Buzzing the Net]
More general draft coverage from SB Nation. [SB Nation]
Drew Doughty was in a bit of hot soup yesterday when he was accused of sexually assaulting a woman. However, it appears as though the District Attorney will be rejecting the case and that charges have been dropped. [Puck Daddy]
Good news, everyone! Teemu Selanne will allegedly return for at least one more NHL season as a member of the Anaheim Ducks. Schedule maker: Jets v. Ducks December 31, 2012. Make it happen! [Sporting News]
Erik Karlsson got paid! He will be a member of the Ottawa Senators for the next seven years at 6.5MM per. Silver Seven analyzes the contract as well as the mad flow of he and his comparables. [Silver Seven]
Here's some NHL Awards coverage you should brush up on before tuning in tonight. [Puck Daddy]
Five For Howling sent The Dude (such a sweet handle!) out to the local courthouse to cover day one of the City of Glendale v. the Goldwater Institute. [Five For Howling]
Fantastic work by Arash Markazi as he re-tells the story of the 1993 Los Angeles Kings through the words of those who lived it. [ESPN]
Finally, the NHL Finals are never complete until the champs are interviewed by Cabbie.