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Thursday Morning Altitude Check: Shock of all shocks, the Winnipeg Jets' deny altercation with Bruins' Jacobs

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, November 29, 2012:

Shock of all shocks, Mark Chipman denies any boardroom scuff-ups with Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs: "I was disappointed to learn today of a report which claimed an exchange took place between an Alternate Governor of the Winnipeg Jets and Jeremy Jacobs of the Boston Bruins at a recent NHL Board of Governors meeting. I was present throughout all BOG proceedings and can categorically state that no such exchange between Mr. Jacobs and either one of our Alternate Governors - Patrick Phillips or Kevin Cheveldayoff - ever took place. Any suggestion otherwise is completely false." Awwww shucks, keep toeing the party line, Mark! [WFP]

Here's opinion on the matter from Ted Wyman: "Like I said, maybe it didn’t happen, but the NHL’s urgency to nip it in the bud is certainly curious. You get the feeling the Jets are having their strings pulled on this one, just as they have been told in not so many words to stay in the background of lockout talks.". [Winnipeg Sun]

Andrew Ladd is pretty pumped to have a mediator joining NHL discussions: "Hopefully it leads to something and I guess it’s good both parties have decided to take another step to try and get it done." [WFP]

Forbes Magazine estimates that the Winnipeg Jets have shown a 22% increase in value since moving from Atlanta last spring. [Winnipeg Sun]

It that same vein, Forbes values the Toronto Maple Leafs at a massive $1 billion dollars. [SB Nation]

Minnesota Wild goaltender Josh Harding has been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. AIH wishes him the best in his treatment and ongoing battle with the illness. [Russo's Rants]

The Portland Winterhawks have forfeited nine (!) draft picks and $200,000 due to player benefit violations. [Buzzing the Net]

Finally, here's the arrest video of "super drunk" Riley Sheahan, Teletubby outfit and all. [Puck Daddy]