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

Bruce Bennett

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 Friday, December 7, 2012:

Fantastic work by Jesse Spector who caught up with Jets' defenseman Ron Hainsey for an explaination on why talks between the NHL and NHLPA broke down: "Once we made clear that ... we had to get our union leadership, that we've hired for this, in the room, there was just a very big change... It was alarming, and I was told that if we were going to do that, it was possibly a dealbreaker. That was made clear last night. It was confusing, because we kind of agreed that we were moving toward each other, and we weren't that far apart. So, it's confusing for the players to think that we were supposed to finish this ourselves." Big props to Jesse on this article. [Sporting News]

The Winnipeg Sun covers Mark Chipman's address to fans and sponsors. [Winnipeg Sun]

We briefly covered Mark Chipman's previously mentioned statement on the NHL's failure to complete a deal yesterday, but here are statements from other pivotal owners who were a part of this weeks meetings. [SB Nation]

Bad news everyone! Alexander Burmistrov is being held out of the IceCaps' line-up for this weekend's upcoming games due to his upper-body injury. [The Telegram]

Our pals at Pensburgh explain why the Pittsburgh Penguins are working to end the lockout from a business standpoint. [Pensburgh]

Though brief, all this "ending the lockout" talk got our pals at Pension Plan Puppets to talk about the Toronto Maple Leafs' need to acquire Roberto Luongo. [PPP]

Hey look, some of those NHLers who aren't the stars driving this lockout are coming back to North America, no doubt as zombies looking to eat Sidney Crosby's vampire brain. [Toronto Sun]

Why no one can save the NHL but the NHL. [Winging it in Motown]

God bless social media during the lockout. I have no idea how any of us survived 2005 without it. [Backhand Shelf]

Hockey Canada breathes a sign of relief after learning there is nothing structurally wrong with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins' shoulder through his agent, Rick Valette. Valette then went on to test the structural integrity of two recently constructed bridges and a new JC Penny, which too were "structurally sound". [Sportsnet]

Finally, here's video of a dishevelled Gary Bettman trying his best to keep from going homicidal. [Puck Daddy]