Thursday Morning Altitude Check: Introducing your 2013 Southeast Division Champs!

Marianne Helm

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.

Here is what's in the news for Wednesday, January 23, 2013:

Winnipeg Jets' news:

Paul Friesen believes that winning the NHL's Southeast Division is an attainable goal for the Winnipeg Jets. [Winnipeg Sun]

So far, Jets' brass has been happy with the play and conditioning of Dustin Byfuglien: "With the short season, I think he knows we’re reliant on him. I think he recognized the urgency of wins. He also recognizes the impact he can have on games. When I say how reliant we are on him, I’m talking about his teammates on him and the accountability factor has matured. He’s got a big role in the leadership part of things and I think he has a great will to win. We’re seeing some of those things." [WFP]

All-in-all, Claude Noel was pleased with his team's opening road trip: "Happy comes with winning. I woke up this morning and I thought, god, it’s nice to win. It’s a sunny day. You look forward to getting to the rink even though you’re tired. When you don’t win you want to stay in bed, lie in the fetal position for a couple of hours." [Winnipeg Sun]

Evander Kane + Blake Wheeler = match made in heaven? Let's see if lightning strikes twice tomorrow night. [Winnipeg Sun]

The Corsi breakdown from Tuesday's 4-2 win over the Washington Capitals. [Jets Nation]

Around the NHL:

Scott Gomez has finally found a place to play, signing with the San Jose Sharks for 700K. [SB Nation]

The St. Louis Blues were active yesterday, making a number of roster moves including the activation of Wade Redden. Let the return begin! [SB Nation]

Bad news for the Toronto Maple Leafs as Joffrey Lupul has fractured his arm and will be out indefinitely. [Puck Daddy]

The city of Edmonton and the Oilers agreed to resurrect plans for building the team a new arena. [CTV News]

Finally, will NHL players be at the 2014 Sochi Olympics? Apparently that will be the next big discussion between the NHL and its players association. [National Post]

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