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Thursday Morning Altitude Check: Winnipeg Jets remain optimistic the NHL lockout will soon end

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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 8, 2012:

Andrew Ladd remains hopeful that the latest round of meetings between the NHL and NHLPA have been a positive step forward: "It's definitely great that they are still talking and seem to be negotiating, so I think that's a positive. Personally, I'm still cautious and will wait and see how this all plays out, but hopefully it leads to something." [Winnipeg Sun]

Mark Stuart has been optimistic about the league's return to work as well: "I think right now it's feeling better about things than we were a few days or a week ago. I think that as long as they're communicating -- they met for a good amount of time yesterday (Tuesday) -- then that's something to be optimistic about. Beyond that, I don't think you should look too far into it. The two sides are talking and as long as that's happening, things are going in the right direction." [WFP]

The Manchester Monarchs scored three power play goals en route to a 4-1 win over the St. John's IceCaps last night. But hey, at least Alexander Burmistrov scored. [CBC]

Former IceCap Peter Mannino registered the win for the Monarchs, stopping 26 of the 27 shots he faced. Needless to say, he's pretty happy to have caught on with another AHL team: "It was a long summer. A lot of guys are struggling with free agency and this goes out to them. I was there last minute before camp and it's an unbelievable opportunity for (Monarchs general manager) Ron Hextall to give me a chance. It sounds soppy, but it really is." [Union Leader]

Recapping Winnipeg's November 5, 1995 win over the Buffalo Sabres. [Winnipeg Whiteout]

Pete Tessier talks about the signing rush NHL GM's participated in before the CBA expired. [Hockey Buzz]

Good news: It looks like Molson Coors will look for compensation from the NHL for profits lost due to the lockout. Turn up the heat! [Globe and Mail]

Jonathan Huberdeau, Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin carried Team QMJHL to a 5-2 victory over Team Russia, tying the Subway SuperSeries at 1-1. [CBC]

It looks like Scott Gomez could go without hockey no longer, signing with the ECHL's Alaska Aces on Wednesday. [Puck Daddy]

Finally, the Backhand Shelf asks who fans would vote to replace Gary Bettman as the NHL's commissioner. The poll shows no love for Bill Daly. [Backhand Shelf]