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Altitude Check: Winnipeg Jets News and Headlines, Friday August 10, 2012

No, you won't be watching a game from the MTS Centre for quite some time, but give the Winnipeg Jets your money anyway!
No, you won't be watching a game from the MTS Centre for quite some time, but give the Winnipeg Jets your money anyway!

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.

Ed. Note: Now that we are through with the Stanley Cup Finals, Altitude Check will only be running on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Here is what's in the news for Friday, August 10, 2012:

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If you're hoping to buy a seat to the Winnipeg Jets waiting list, the sale goes live today at 10:00AM CST. []

Corey Pronman ranks the top prospects of the Winnipeg Jets. [Hockey Prospectus]

The St. John's IceCaps have signed Norm Ezekiel and Joey Sides to minor league contracts. []

They have also agreed to terms with Ray Sawada and former Hersey Bear Dean Arsene. []

The Free Press caught up with Jacob Trouba as he attends Team USA WJC camp. He finished yesterday's 10-2 drubbing of Sweden with one goal and one assist. [WFP]

Though he was held scoreless in Game 1 of the Canada-Russia Challenge, Mark Scheifele had an impressive showing which he will look to build upon: "The Barrie Colt forward showed tremendous confidence in his game since my last viewing of him. He was excellent in the faceoff circle and showed an improvement in his size and strength in the puck possession game. Scheifele’s game reminds me of a younger Ryan Getzlaf in the way that he can control the play and utilize his underrated soft hands to create offense." [The Hockey Writers]

If the NHL and NHLPA don't have an agreement in place by September 15, 2012, then fans can expect another lockout. 39 days. The countdown is on. [SB Nation]

Justin Bourne provides insight as to why it's important for NHL teams to have "character guys" in their dressing room. I guess that bodes well for the Jets then! [Backhand Shelf]

Apparently Greg Jamison found that 20MM he was short to lock up the purchase of the Phoenix Coyotes. Remember kids, there's always money in the banana stand. [Phoenix Business Journal]

Dominik Hasek is still pushing towards another NHL contracts as he has begun workouts with Pardubice of the Czech Elite League. [Puck Daddy]

Lockout be damned, The Hockey News has the Montreal Canadiens and Edmonton Oilers finishing 13th in their respective conferences this year. [The Hockey News]

Finally, what can be made of the Columbus Blue Jackets? [SB Nation]