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Wednesday Morning Altitude Check: Eddie Olczyk is Heading to the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame

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 Wednesday, October 17, 2012:

Andrew Ladd is optimistic about the new deal proposed by the NHL, though it's far from being a slam dunk: "I think that coming up to 50 (per cent) is closer. This probably should have been their starting point. I don’t know why it took so long to get to this point. But it is definitely that they’re coming more our way and hopefully it’s something we both can negotiate off of and get to a deal so we can start playing hockey." [WFP]

Jets' fans and city entrepreneurs are hopeful this is the first step in the swift resolution of the NHL lockout. [CTV News]

Jim Slater completed his trip to Churchill, MB to see the polar bears and by the sounds of it, had a pretty good time: "Touching Hudson Bay, I've never done that before. And seeing polar bears eating different things you don't normally eat, it was a cool experience, especially spending it with your family. And everybody there was so generous, so nice and so willing to help." [WFP]

Former Winnipeg Jet Eddie Olczyk was inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame. [SB Nation - Chicago]

In which TNSE's Mark Chipman was named Canada's Executive of the Year. [TSN]

The St. John's IceCaps are the second oldest team in the AHL, with an average age of 25.02. That speaks volumes of the young talent presently in the AHL. [The AHL]

On Monday, the story of a secret NHL focus group taking place over the weekend in Washington, DC was leaked to the public. A few days later, the NHL proposes a new CBA that on paper, seems rather fair. Coincidence? [Deadspin]

Our pals at Pension Plan Puppets believe this is an attempt to tip the P.R. scales in the owners' favour more than anything else. [PPP]

Brandon Prust took part in a street hockey game outside the Bell Centre yesterday. That would have been a neat experience. He's still incredibly overpaid though. [Puck Daddy]

Remembering the twenty-three year anniversary of Wayne Gretzky breaking Gordie Howe's all-time point record. [Backhand Shelf]

Finally, the story of how the rookie contract of Eric Lindros sent the entire NHL pay-scale out of whack. [Montreal Gazette]