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Thursday Morning Altitude Check: We're Talkin' Lockout, Man!

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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 18, 2012:

It seems that Andrew Ladd is a lightning rod for quotes on the NHL lockout as evidenced by Paul Friesen's latest article: "[Gary Bettman's] been saying all along how they don’t want to negotiate publicly, so that’s an interesting time to do that. And they haven’t done that with any other proposals. I’m sure everybody can make their own decision from there." Cool, but these tactics are A) just as much the owners' as Gary Bettman's and B) totally irrelevant to the players, less they be worried about losing their control of the P.R. spin machine. In the world of social media it wasn't going to be long before details were leaked to the public and now the NHLPA now has a starting point to negotiate. Time to start worrying about your counter-proposal, Andrew. [Winnipeg Sun]

More Andrew Ladd lockout talk. [Jets Report]

Meanwhile, Chris Thorburn is looking at the positives surrounding the lockout: "I'm 29 and I feel like there's a lot of hockey left in my body and I'm as energized as ever. Maybe it'll be that this break will be a blessing in disguise, that guys like myself, crashing and banging every night, will have rested their wounds and when it's time to get back at it, we'll go full tilt." Hey, maybe Thorburn will come back a useful fourth-liner. [WFP]

Carl Klingberg on what he's learned heading into his sophomore AHL season: "You got to have trust in yourself and keep doing what you do best. Nothing else. Don't change your game." [The Telegram]

If you have Rogers TV -- which most of you probably don't -- here is the 2012-13 broadcast schedule for the St. John's IceCaps. [IceCaps.com]

Gary Lawless breaks down the NHL's 50/50 CBA proposal. The article also links Don Fehr's response to the players, originally reported by Bob McKenzie of TSN. [WFP]

Wade Redden may finally be released from salary cap purgatory. I've been waiting for this day, but don't really know how to feel about it. [SB Nation]

It's also worth noting that the NHL's proposed deal would hit cap circumventing teams where it hurts them most: their wallets. Oh how much fun we'll have laughing at Craig Leipold. [Edmonton Journal]

The Edmonton city council has voted to cease arena negotiations with Daryl Katz. Oh, hello there, Seattle! [Puck Daddy]

Finally, the KHL and cuddly kittens seem to go hand-in-hand. [Backhand Shelf]