Arturs Kulda won't be showing off his awesome mustache, or his abilities to play the game with his eyes closed, anytime soon at the MTS Centre.
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. I am acting as today's special headline compiler!
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 Monday, July 16, 2012:
***BREAKING*** Kukla's Korner has translated a report from the Czech Republic that suggests that Ondrej Pavelec is allegedly in trouble with the law after being charged with a DUI. More to come on this topic, I'm sure... [Kukla's Korner]
Kyle Wellwood returns to the fold for one more season, signing a one-year deal worth $1.6 million. But as FOTB Ed Tait discovered, perhaps the most interesting part of this is that Welly turned down a second year during negotiations. [WPF]
#TeamWelly will approve of this Kyle Wellwood Highlight Package. [JetsTV]
Robert Cleave of JetsNation puts together an evaluation of the Wellwood signing, including a nice chart showing how Wellwood makes virtually everyone else better when he's on the ice with them. [JetsNation]
Cam Charron adds even more to the Wellwood conversation at The Backhand Shelf, wondering how Welly can just be so consistently undervalued year after year. [Backhand Shelf]
Ed Tait was busy on Saturday, penning a recap of sorts about how the week-long Jet Development Camp went despite the fact that Chevy and co. kept reiterating that this wasn't an evaluation. I will be doing the same tomorrow. [WFP]
Did anybody else wonder why Jacob Trouba didn't absolutely destroy someone with a devastating open-ice hit during the scrimmage on Friday? Well, it's because Jimmy Roy and co. made it a contact-free scrimmage, much to the chagrin of Trouba and the 1,000 fans in attendance. [Winnipeg Sun]
With Paul Postma inking that lovely one-way deal worth $550k, and Arturs Kulda looking to be KHL-bound, it looks like the blue-line on the St. John's Ice Caps will be significantly different next season. Brendan McCarthy of The Telegram offers a detailed look at where things stand defensively within the entire Jets' organization. [The Telegram]
Ryan Lambert tries to ease the panic about the NHL's opening salvo to the CBA negoations during his WWL post. [Puck Daddy]
While Quebec City and Seattle have been getting the 'relocation love' of late, it looks like Las Vegas may soon be jumping back into the conversation with their new proposal of a 20,000 seat arena just off of The Strip. [CBS Sports]
Roberto Luongo finally went bust at the World Series of Poker, but he managed to place in the money. Finishing in 634th place out of 6,598, Bobby Lu raked in $19,277 for his efforts. Now, about waiving that no-trade... [Puck Daddy]
The Montreal Canadiens signed one of their RFA's this mornings, as Blake Geoffrion gets a one-year, 2-way deal worth $803,250. Still no P.K. Subban for the Habs, but then again we haven't signed Evander Kane yet, either. [TSN]
Finally, here's an interesting one. Fannex is an innovative idea based out of Winnipeg which uses smart-phones to create a visual effect in the stands of arenas and stadiums. They are looking for volunteers for a trial run at the MTS Centre on July 25th, where they will try to create a Canadian flag in the stands via the smart-phones. Should we all get together and take part? [Access Winnipeg]