CALGARY, CANADA - JANUARY 3: Andrei Vasilevski #30 of Team Russia stops the puck on a shot by Mark Scheifele #19 of Team Canada during the 2012 World Junior Hockey Championship Semifinal game at the Saddledome on January 3, 2012 in Calgary, Alberta, 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.
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, August 1, 2012:
BREAKING: Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun reports that University of Omaha Nebraska forward Jayon Megna has decided to sign an Entry Level Contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins. [Twitter]
Fear not Jets fans, thought the team is hovering around 4MM short of the cap floor, that won't be the case for long. [WFP]
Ed Tait completes his short list of NHL UFA’s who might be a good fit for the Winnipeg Jets, which includes Milan Jurcina, Kristian Huselius, Carlo Colaiacovo, Kurtis Foster, Mathieu Darche, Petr Sykora, Jonathan Cheechoo and Shane Doan (groan). [WFP]
Speaking of Scheifele, is he ready to make the jump to the pros? I can’t imagine TSNE values situational game-play at the NHL level over him continuing his growth in major junior, but I could be wrong. [Jets.com]
Remember to mark in your calendars that the Jets have altered three (3) start times for the 2012-13 season. The team’s first preseason game versus the Edmonton Oilers has been moved to 8:30CST. Their October 13, 2012 home opener will be played to 1:00CST and their February 21, 2013 game at the Dallas Stars starts at 7:30PM CST. [Winnipeg Sun]
Yaw Axis provides his review of the Jets in 2011-12 and what fans can expect from the team’s offseason acquisitions. [Yaw Axis]
Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson has announced he will be returning to the club for his 17th NHL season. Silver Seven has your coverage: "Obviously, this is exciting news for many reasons, but it's especially important for the on-ice success of the team. Alfie can't be expected to carry the team as much as he once did, but is one of just four proven top-six players on the squad, along with Jason Spezza, Milan Michalek, and Kyle Turris (and that's if you include Turris in that category at this point, despite his inexperience). If Alfie weren't returning, things would be a lot more difficult for the team's top scoring lines." [Silver Seven]
The Buffalo Sabres have re-signed resident pest Patrick Kaleta to a 3 year 3.825MM contract which carries with it an AAV of $1.275MM. Our Sabres correspondants supply more insight: "This signing [is] a solid deal. Cap wise, it is relatively cheap, and when Kaleta is healthy, he brings a lot of hockey skills (defensive responsibility, instigating, toughness) when compared to other fourth liners." [Die by the Blade]
Greg Wyshynski explains the NHL’s revenue sharing problem: "It's biggest failing: clarity." Simple enough. [Puck Daddy]
Finally, Team Russia has announced their junior roster for the Canada-Russia Challenge being held in Yaroslavl, RUS and Halifax, CAN next month. [NHL.com]