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Thursday Morning Altitude Check: The NHL Lockout is Officially Screwing Us

Today's open discussion thread, complete with your daily dose of Winnipeg Jets-related news and notes.

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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 Thursday, October 11, 2012:

Brett MacLean caught up with St. John's newspaper The Telegram to discuss his decision to step away from the game he loves: "When I was in the hospital, I had a tough time with why this happened to me. I’ve worked hard my whole life and I’ve eaten well and done the right things. But now I look at it like at least I’m still here and at least I’m healthy. I’m looking at the bright side. If I can help other people in the future then it’s all worth it." [The Telegram]

Adrian Morrow opines that Alexander Burmistrov will have a lot to prove during his time in the AHL. [Globe and Mail]

Jim Slater speaks to some of the workout disadvantages related to the NHL's work stoppage: "Now you have to be a little more creative in your workouts because this is dragging on and it’s four, four and a half months of working out and we still don’t know when we’re going to be back at it. Honestly, I feel like I’ve gone backwards a little bit. I was really feeling great mid-August, but now I feel like I need to get it back a little bit. It seems like I’ve regressed." [WFP]

Remembering what was a loud 2011-12 season at the MTS Centre. [WFP]

The St. John's IceCaps will hope they can repeat AHL dominance for the second of back-to-back seasons. Jason Jaffray thinks they have the right mix to get it done: "A lot of the base guys are still here. We have a good atmosphere in (the locker-room). Lots of good, hard people. In teams, sometimes people hate each other, and can't stand another guy. On this team, everybody likes each other and that's what makes us so good I guess. We have a team that fights for each other, lots of heart." [TSN]

Northeastern opened up their season with a 4-2 win over Merrimack last night. Jets' prospect Vinny Saponari finished the game with two assists. []

Tonight would have marked the beginning of the regular season /gentle sob. Puck Daddy lists some of the ways fans plan on protesting the lockout. [Puck Daddy]

Japers' Rink calculates the best and worst Washington Capitals of the 1980's. [Japers' Rink]

Justin Bourne believes the players hatred of Gary Bettman is truly hampering the ability of finalizing a CBA agreement. Is this an oversimplification? [Backhand Shelf]

Our pals at Pension Plan Puppets have another axe to grind with mainstream media. This time they take on Mike Strobel of the Toronto Sun. [PPP]

Earl Sleek explains how he became a multi-sport blog cartoonist. Full of laughs... and insight! [Battle of California]

Finally, check out Nathan MacKinnon's highlight worthy goal. So nasty. [Buzzing the Net]