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Altitude Check: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 Winnipeg Jets News Headlines


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 Tuesday, May 22, 2012:

Cue more Clancy Wiggum! Things are dire for the St. John's IceCaps who now trail 3-0 in the Eastern Conference Finals after suffering a 1-0 overtime loss last night versus the Norfolk Admirals. The Admirals continue to march on, having only lost four times in their past 43 (!!!) games. Pierre-Cedric Labrie had your game winner. [The AHL]

Recapping Game 3. [CBC]

The story of Admirals head coach John Cooper, a former lawyer who decided to make coaching a full-time gig. The Washington Capitals, Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames would all be wise to complete their due diligence on this guy. Sorry Montreal, but he's not bilingual. Enjoy your choice of Michel Therrien or Marc Crawford though! [Pilot Online]

"The last time the NHL and NHLPA slugged it out, the results made it possible for Winnipeg to return to the NHL. What happens this time could improve or damage the Jets' ability to compete in the NHL. The Jets are a middle-of-the-pack team in terms of revenue and the business model they have created using the current collective bargaining agreement and its salary cap calls for them to be a bottom-third club in labour spending." [WFP]

Oh gosh, this is too rich. Kirk Penton gives more credence to my Christmas in May statement from yesterday, likening TSNE's Scott Brown to The Grinch Who Stole Christmas. [Winnipeg Sun]

Zach Parise should maybe snub the media more often if it correlates to regular three point performances. For a guy who had only registered one assist in his past five games, it was as good a time as any for him to step up. The Devils will need more of the same going forward. Eastern Conference Finals now squared at 2-2 returning to MSG. [In Lou We Trust, Blueshirt Banter]

Bryce Salvador scored your game winner? And he leads all Devils defensemen with eight points?! Not too bad for the pride of Brandon, MB. [TSN]


Should the New Jersey Devils forfeit their 2012 first round draft pick in accordance with the Ilya Kovalchuk contract? [NHL Numbers]

In which Lou Lamoriello gets out his chequebook and pays Zach Parise an exorbitant amount of money. [Backhand Shelf]

As badly as certain Winnipeggers want them to fad into the desert twilight, the Phoenix Coyotes are not going down without a fight. [WFP]

Steve Lepore notes that the 2012 Conference Finals have drawn a lower rating than last years. [Puck the Media]

The Buffalo Sabres have re-signed defenseman Alexander Sulzer to a one-year deal. [SB Nation]

The Anaheim Ducks have signed Swedish netminder Viktor Fasth to a one-year deal with the club. Fasth, who played his last two seasons for AIK of the Swedish Elite League, will turn 30 in August. [SB Nation]

Finnish defenseman Jani Hakanpaa signed his ELC with the St. Louis Blues yesterday. Hakanpaa had 3 points (1G, 2A) at the 2012 World Junior Championships. [STL Today]

SB Nation's team of hockey bloggers have awarded Shea Weber the 2012 Norris Trophy. Ben undoubtedly omitted Weber from his top three. /jokes [SB Nation]

Sean Avery takes a page out of Ryan Kesler's playbook and does a risqué photo shoot. Sorry Sean, I'm into Tommy and Dex Bros myself. (NSFW) [Puck Daddy]

Finally, if you're a geek like me, you'll probably go ape over the skating enhancements that will be part of NHL 13 this fall.

Monday Night Three Stars

1. Zach Parise (NJD) 2G, 1A, 3PTS

2. Travis Zajac (NJD) 1G, 1PT, GWG

3 A. Bryce Salvador (NJD) 1G, 1A, 2PTS

3 B. Martin Brodeur (NJD) 28SV, 1GA, .966SV%, W