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Thursday Morning Altitude Check: Evander Kane has been suspended for one KHL game

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

Doug Pensinger

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 25, 2012:

The reality of a strike shortened season is becoming a reality to certain Jets' players. Said Andrew Ladd: "[The NHL has] put us in the stalemate we’re at. They’re trying to take a hard line with it and we’re pretty adamant we’re not going to accept that deal. At this point, nothing surprises me. It’s frustrating they feel like they don’t need to negotiate at this point, but they’ve kind of been using that tactic all along, to see what they can get out of us. They’ll be waiting a little longer, I guess." [Winnipeg Sun]

Evander Kane has been suspended for one KHL game after delivering a hit to the head of Nikita Pivtsakin during a game between Dinamo Minsk and Avangard Omsk Monday night. [WFP]

Former Manitoba Moose forward Alexandre Bolduc sunk the St. John's IceCaps' with another two point performance last night, effectively spoiling Jason Jaffray's return. [Winnipeg Sun]

More from Jaffray as he talks about his return to the line-up: "It’s more a nervous thing about getting back into game shape, getting back into the swing of things. Until you get to full game speed, you never know how it’s going to feel. It’s like the first game of the regular season, it’s just a little bit of a different issue that’s involved. But I don’t think the issue is an issue anymore. As far as my neck goes, I haven’t had any issues, any side effects since mid-July. The doctor said he didn’t want me playing with any symptoms for a minimum of three months and I’m past that now." [The Telegram]

Video of Tuesday night's AHL game, including Alexander Burmistrov's game winner. [YouTube]

Gary Bettman continues to swing his PR hammer, now stating that a full 82-game season is highly unlikely: "The [NHL Players' Association] has chosen not to engage on our proposal or make a proposal of their own. Unfortunately, it looks like an 82-game season is not going to be a reality." [SB Nation]

Travis Hughes offers his opinion on why New York Islanders' hockey might suck at the new Barclays Center. [SB Nation]

Chronicling the five stages of grief for an NHL fan, including the sixth and most important step: apathy. [Hockey Wilderness]

Could the NHL Winter Classic be on the chopping block this week? Good God, please no! [Puck Daddy]

Finally, if Russian-born NHLers decided to stay in the KHL, would anyone care? Ryan Lambert breaks it down. [Backhand Shelf]