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 Friday, July 13, 2012:
See that silver recorder to the left, and then later to the right? That's our very own Ryan Blight in Keith McCambridge's scrum. [Jets.com]
A few words from General Manager Kevin Cheveldayoff to the prospects: "Some of them may pull on other organization’s jerseys. Maybe a trade happens or something. It’s hard to put numbers on. One thing is for sure. We’re going to give them the best opportunity we can from our side. Obviously they’re going to have to hold up their end of the bargain as well." [Winnipeg Sun]
Ed Tait is speaking my language on explaining why Carl Klingberg is a cool dude: "I'm not a surfer dude. That might have been my lack of language, saying 'cool' and 'dude' last year. I'm learning English still and it's getting better, but sometimes I still use funny words. For example, I didn't know this but when I said the 'joker' it came out the 'yoker' and everybody laughed so bad and I didn't understand. I learned there is a 'J' pronunciation, not a 'Y.' We don't do that in Sweden. So 'cool' and 'dude'... I might not use them in interviews anymore. But I'll probably still use them in the locker-room." Gnarly, bro! [WFP]
Claude Noel on Development Camp thus far: "It’s been good, I’ve really enjoyed it and I’ve been impressed with what (Jet Coordinator of Player Development) Jimmy Roy has done. It’s really not an evaluation process, it’s about learning to become a pro. And I’m really interested in seeing some of the young players from last year and seeing them now how they improved, how their skills have gotten better and they’ve got a little bigger." [WFP]
Tim Stapleton's exit interview: "Last year in Winnipeg was the absolute best for me. It was by far my favourite year in my career. I've played in Europe, I've done a lot of things and been all over the minors, but the fans in Winnipeg and the support, the guys on the team... it's sad for me."[WFP]
Our friend Laura Astorian says it best when dealing with the idiocy of Cam Janssen's latest interview: "Cam Janssen opens mouth, embarrasses self with classless comments" Sweet PR move, bro. I'm sure the Devils are pumped that they just signed you to a new one year deal. Here's his thoughts on gay players in the locker room: "Oh, if he's sucking [expletive] he's getting his ass kicked. [Laughter]" You're a riot, buddy. [Thrashing the Blues, Puck Daddy]
Our friend Patrick Burke handled the situation in stride:
Speaking for @YouCanPlayTeam, we're aware of Cam's interview and certainly are opposed to his choice of language and attempts at humor.— Patrick Burke (@BurkieYCP) July 12, 2012
We'll be trying to reach out to Cam and the Devils over the next couple days to get a chance to educate Cam on what we do.— Patrick Burke (@BurkieYCP) July 12, 2012
Final thought: If players weren't using this language, we wouldn't have launched. Changing the culture is a slow process- requires patience.— Patrick Burke (@BurkieYCP) July 12, 2012
BREAKING: Here is Cam Janssen's public statement.[Devils.com]
More Vancouver Canucks news, Mikael Samuelsson has an axe to grind with his former team's management: "Looking back at it now, it might have been good to be traded, I got extra time to rehab and come back fully fit. I liked it a lot in Florida, but it was tough leaving the Sedins, Edler and the other guys up in Vancouver. I didn’t think very highly of management, so in that way I didn’t mind." [PITB]