Tuesday Morning Altitude Check: It's NHL playoff time

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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.

Here is what's in the news for Tuesday, April 30, 2013:

Winnipeg Jets' news:

Winnipeg Free Press media hands out their end of season awards and -- shock of all shocks -- Ondrej Pavelec didn't win any (good or bad). [Winnipeg Free Press]

Jacob Trouba on what he's learned from watching the Jets operate over the past few weeks: "It's just the things I observed, not really so much about what I was taught. Just seeing how things go, how to be a professional, how these guys handle themselves and how hard they work is something I'll remember this summer." [Winnipeg Sun]

Gary Lawless opines that it's time for the Jets to rid themselves of Dustin Byfuglien: "The Winnipeg Jets cannot and will not move forward as a team with Byfuglien as he is currently constructed. He is a foundation piece and his half-the-time good and half-the-time bad output leaves the team with unsure footing." [Winnipeg Free Press]

Ken Wiebe wades into the Byfuglien discussion as well. [Winnipeg Sun]

Is Andrew Ladd starting to make his case for Sochi 2014? [Winnipeg Free Press]

Ladd is now off to Europe as he plans to take place in this spring's World Championships. [Winnipeg Sun]

Our pals at Jets Nation evaluate the work of Jets' head scout Marcel Comeau. [Jets Nation]

Around the NHL:

Which bandwagon should you hop on? Our partners at SB Nation have you covered. [SB Nation]

Erin Bolen offers a great open letter to the Dallas Stars. [Defending Big D]

Thomas Vanek offers his take on possibly not being a member of the Buffalo Sabres next year. [SB Nation]

TSN's much anticipated "Hangover" video was released last night and it did not disappoint. [Puck Daddy]

Finally, not hockey related, but congrats to Jason Collins who has come out as a gay NBA player. This is on the heels of Brittney Griner announcing she is gay last week. Times are changing for the better. [Sports Illustrated]

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