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Altitude Check: Monday, April 16, 2012 Winnipeg Jets News Headlines

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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 Monday, April 16, 2012:

Here's some bullshit to start your Monday off right: Jets season ticket holder (and resident liar) Chuck Duboff allegedly had lunch with Claude Noel at Stella's Cafe last Friday, where the two had a long conversation about the state of the Jets, including this doozie: "Noel asked Duboff if he knew how to motivate [forward Nik] Antropov so that he plays with passion more than just a few games." Later that day, Duboff contacted Paul Waldie of the Globe and Mail who set forth in transcribing the story. When Scott Brown of TSNE declined to corroborate any of the details, Waldie did what any print journalist struggling with the fact their medium is dying would do; he sent it to print anyway. Great job by Waldie and the Globe and Mail's Editor in Chief on this one, you're both getting railed for this shoddy journalism and you deserve it. As for Duboff, enjoy your fifteen minutes while you can, liar. [Globe and Mail]

Bizzaro World: Gary Lawless and I agree on something. Not a big fan of the smugness. [WFP]

Ondrej Pavelec says to Jets Management, "I don't think I want to play in this years World Championships. Please advise the Czech club that you won't allow me to play". Jets Management says, "No. We won't do that. But we support your decision not to play". Okay then. [WFP]

The results are in from The Winnipeg Sun's You Be The Boss poll and Jets fans really seem to have a grip on reality /sarcasm: "Naturally, the people who don’t sign the checks would like to see the Jets be more than a low-to-mid level salary cap team (67% say increase the payroll). They’d also like to pursue New Jersey Devils winger Zach Parise should he become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. Fans remain conflicted on what position Dustin Byfuglien should be playing (54% say defence, 46% say forward), while most of them agree he should lose 20 pounds before he reports to training camp." [Winnipeg Sun]

Ten things that Winnipeg Jets writers Tim Campbell and Ed Tait learned about the Winnipeg Jets this year. [WFP]

Tanner Glass took exception to Ron MacLean's comparison of hockey's playoff officiating to that of soccer on Hockey NIght in Canada:

The Barrie Colts and Ottawa 67's are going to Game 7 later this week after the 67's held on to a 3-2 win in Barrie last night. Mark Scheifele and Ivan Telegin were both held pointless for Barrie. [OHL]

Oh, what could have been. The Mark Scheifele vs. Sean Couturier debate. [Yahoo! Sports]

New York Rangers forward Carl Hagelin has been suspended three games for his hit to the head of the Ottawa Senators Daniel Alfredsson. For their part, the Rangers are "perplexed" by the ruling. [Puck Daddy]

Meanwhile Senators defenceman Matt Carkner was suspended one game for making it rain on Brian Boyle's face. []

Remember when Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber didn't get suspended by the NHL for his actions toward Henrik Zetterberg? He has now scored a goal in each of the last two games, most recently in todays 3-2 win, giving the Preds a 2-1 series lead over the Detroit Red Wings. [On the Forecheck, Winging it in Motown]

The Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins continued their heated rivalry today in what was a brutal affair. Questionable hits, post-whistle scrums, fights, goal scoring; this game had it all. Unfortunately for the Pens, Marc-Andre Fleury just finished reading The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells and has decided to reenact it in their goal crease. The Flyers have now taken a commanding 3-0 series lead - unhinging Sidney Crosby in the process - and will be going for the jugular Wednesday night. [Broad Street Hockey, Pensburgh]

Congrats to the Florida Panthers who won their first playoff game since April 17, 1997. The New Jersey Devils mounted a comeback in the third period from down 3-0 but Jose Theodore's goaltending was pristine in the final minutes, notching the win for the Cats. The series is now tied at 1-1. Cue the rats. [Litter Box Cats, In Lou We Trust]

The Vancouver Canucks now also find themselves in do or die mode after being shutout by Jonathan Quick and the Los Angeles Kings in Game 3 of their series. [Nucks Misconduct, Jewels from the Crown]

Finally you can now download the AIH Podcast on ITunes. [Apple ITunes]

Sunday night's Three Stars:

1. Jonathan Quick (LA) 41 SV, 0GA, 1.000 SV%, SO, W

2. Stephen Weiss (FLA) 2G, 2PTS

3. Matt Read (PHI) 2G, 2PTS, GWG