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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 3, 2012:

Catching up on Day 2 action from IceCaps' training camp. [IceCaps.com]

Alexander Burmistrov could be changing his tune slightly after a few days of workouts with the St. John's IceCaps: "I've never been here, and I've never seen an AHL game. There's a lot of good players here, so this is probably the best fit for me. "There were a lot of great players who came down to the AHL in the last lockout, and it helped their game." Jury's still out. [WFP]

Mark Dekanich readies for a new set of challenges after an injury plagued 2011-12 season. [The Telegram]

Derek Meech prepares for another AHL season knowing he'll have to impress for another crack at an NHL line-up. [Winnipeg Sun]

Evander Kane had a quiet KHL debut as Dinamo Minsk lost 2-1 to Yaroslavl Lokomotiv. [WFP]

Olli Jokinen says that lockout talks seem to be running smoother than they did in 2004-05, which is good news, I suppose. [WFP]

Pete Tessier asks what the Winnipeg Jets' lineage is, as though it's some sort of choose your own adventure novel. [Hockey Buzz]

Nazem Kadri continues to be cut down by the franchise that writes his cheques and Don Cherry has a problem with that. [Puck Daddy]

Our pals at Pension Plan Puppets lay it on thick with the Boston Globe's Kevin Paul Dupont who, admittedly, seems like a total douchebag. Just look at that stock photo. [PPP]

No news on the NHL lockout front makes Jack a dull boy. [SB Nation]

A captivating article on the rise and fall of Roberto Luongo during his tenure with the Vancouver Canucks. [Nucks' Misconduct]

Bask in the uniting power that is Pavel Datsyuk. Seriously, everyone loves him. But the same should be said of Teemu Selanne. #teemuforever [Backhand Shelf]

An excerpt from Jonathan Gatehouse's new book The Instigator, chronicling the ascension of Gary Bettman. Looks like a great read. [Toronto Star]

Finally, David Shoalts believes a soft-cap would solve the NHL lockout. Somewhere, David Poile is stroking-out. [Globe and Mail]