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Today's open discussion thread, complete with your daily dose of Winnipeg Jets-related news and notes.
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 the NHL lockout is upon us, Altitude Check will only be running on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Here is what's in the news for Wednesday, September 19, 2012:
A message from the Winnipeg Jets to their fans. [Jets.com]
Well, Alexander Burmistrov is not looking forward to reporting to St. John's, but he's doing it anyway: "That's the team's choice. They decided they wanted to do that, so I have to do it. I will go there and play hockey. If I had the chance it would be nice to play there (Ak-Bars Kazan). I know the coaches, I played there the first time. But (playing in St. John's) is what I have to do. It was a decision we made together so that's fine." [WFP]
Andrew Ladd will be looking to join a team overseas if the lockout doesn't rectify itself in the next few weeks: "I just want to play somewhere and if the NHL doesn't give us the opportunity here then I'll find elsewhere to do that. That was their prerogative to lock us out and it's ours to find somewhere else to work." [WFP]
More Ladd: He is a fan of Evander Kane's freshly minted 6-year deal, though he feels it's rather hypocritical considering the concessions NHL owners are looking for in a new CBA: "It’s great. He obviously is a big part of our future, a top young player in the league and we’re happy to have him locked up for a lot longer... It’s a little hypocritical, you’d probably say but that’s just kind of smoke and mirrors on their part, trying to make a case (for getting rid of them)". [Winnipeg Sun]
Though the NHL has locked out their employees, the same cannot be said of TNSE as they will not be doing the same to theirs. [WFP]
The Jets All Out blog is moving. Make the adjustment. We wish them well as they join a new blogging community. [Jets All Out]
Dominik Jansky and Dave Strehle go shot-for-shot in NHL lockout talk. So, who's to blame? [SB Nation]
The Cannon brings the snark asking the NHL to mathematically answer what 51% of $0.00 is. They also tackle what the lockout will mean to players on the active roster and on the farm as well. [The Cannon]
NHLShop.com has shut down it's affiliate marketing program until the lockout is lifted. [On The Forecheck]
Even young children have a distaste for Gary Bettman. He just can't win. [Puck Daddy]
With the KHL imposing a criteria for North American's who want to join their league, Andrey Osadchenko explains which players they're trying to deter. [Jets Nation]
Finally, if you're wondering where NHLers' are signing over the next few weeks, check out this sweet listing tool from Elite Prospects. [Elite Prospects]