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, August 24, 2012:
Evander Kane is still hopeful that we will see an NHL season. “You don't want to sit out a season, you don't want to miss any time. I watched last year what happened with the NBA and NFL and you want to get things handled. I think the players for the most part are pretty respectful of the owners and I think we just want a fair deal, that's really what it boils down to.” [Jets.com]
There are other league meetings going on these days in addition to those related to collective bargaining. At a rules enforcement meeting players supported the idea of naming and shaming floppers. [NHL.com]
Another young player reached a deal before the current CBA runs out. Taylor Hall signed on for a seven-year $42 million deal with the Oilers. [Edmonton Journal]The NHL and NHLPA do not want to waste their time indoors with the weather being so nice. So, talks will get serious next week, maybe. [Sportsnet]
A lockout could result in a stronger than usual Team Canada at the World Juniors this year. [Backhand Shelf]
Twitter is all aflutter with rumours of Evander Kane demanding a trade again. The credibility of the rumours appear to be as solid as usual. [Twitter]
It seems a study like this comes along every couple years, but a new study says that Canada could support three more NHL teams. [CP]