LAKE PLACID, NY - AUGUST 08: Head coach Phil Housley of Team USA handles bench duties against Team Finland at the USA hockey junior evaluation camp at the Lake Placid Olympic Center on August 8, 2012 in Lake Placid, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/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 Monday, August 13, 2012:
Downtown bars are praying that the NHL doesn't suffer a work stoppage as they need to put bread on their plates too. [Winnipeg Sun]
Here's some news from Friday, but worth noting as I was unaware of it. Nearly one third of waiting list owners have decided not to renew their place in line as many have found a way to access tickets. If nothing else, Winnipeggers prove again to be resourceful. [WFP]
Meet Max Giese, Winnipeg's new U.S. amateur scout. [Winnipeg Sun]
Former Jets' star and member of the USA Hockey Hall of Fame Phil Housley will have the opportunity to coach future Jets hopeful Jacob Trouba come December. Said Housley of Trouba: "I got to watch him in the world (junior) championships and the under-18, and I think he's emerged as a very strong player. He's got a good shot to go with some offensive talent and most importantly, he's good at puck movement. And that's going to be very important for us, because we're on the big sheet of ice and we're going to need guys who can get the puck up ice quickly instead of guys who skate it into trouble. I like so many things about his game." [WFP]
Here's a crazy idea that's never going to happen: In the event of a lockout, the St. John's IceCaps -- you know, the team with season ticket holders in St. John's, Newfoundland -- would play their 2012-13 season in Winnipeg. I really can't express how dumb this notion is. [Winnipeg Sun]
Peter Tessier weighs in on the question everybody's asking: How much money is Evander Kane about to make? "Chevy may have to sweeten the pot a bit but it does not mean they have to overspend. I've never felt the 29 million amount was fixed in stone but more of a tactic, one which shows everyone just how much the Jets value a player and that they can spend with the big boys. With Enstrom getting a raise and five years the Jets are prepared to pay and they should do so with Kane." [Hockey Buzz]
Matt Eichel rhetorically asks how far away are the Jets from becoming a playoff team. Rhetorical eh? Eight! [Jets All Out]
A double dip of Harrison Mooney:
Part I: Harrison explains the rarity of offer sheets in hockey. [Puck Daddy]
Part II: Harrison compiles the greatest failures from NHL 12. Number 5 is pure gold. [Puck Daddy]
Finally, Justin Bourne outlines the penalties levied against the Windsor Spitfires for recruitment tampering. How long until the focus shifts entirely towards other OHL powerhouses? [Backhand Shelf]