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Altitude Check: Winnipeg Jets News and Headlines, Wednesday August 8, 2012

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April 7, 2012; Winnipeg, MB, CAN; Winnipeg Jets forward Blake Wheeler (26) prior to the game against the Tampa Bay Lightning at the MTS Centre. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Fedyck-US PRESSWIRE
April 7, 2012; Winnipeg, MB, CAN; Winnipeg Jets forward Blake Wheeler (26) prior to the game against the Tampa Bay Lightning at the MTS Centre. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Fedyck-US PRESSWIRE

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 Wednesday, August 8, 2012:

We are currently prepping for our next edition of the AIH Mailbag, remember to send in your thoughts or questions to us via Twitter @arcticicehockey, or email us at

Zach Redmond on what's in store for his second pro season: "They said it was a big summer for me, and they seem to have a plan for everyone. My goal is to make sure when I get that chance, that I’m their guy, and don’t let them down." []

ProHockey Talk reviews the offseason report card of the Winnipeg Jets. [PHT]

Craig Custance ponders when divisional reallignment will become a topic of discussion during these current CBA negotiations. Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff is taking it all in stride: "We're not sitting here counting the days. We're just anxious to play the schedule in front of us." [ESPN]

In which the Winnipeg Jets are compared to the United Nations, due to the diversity of their roster, despite the majority of their constituents are North American. [The Hockey Writers]

Peter Tessier explains why next summer will be one of significant importance with Zach Bogosian, Blake Wheeler and Bryan Little all set to become Restricted Free Agents. [Hockey Buzz]

Matt Eichel borrows the theme of Gary Lawless in believing that because Jets ownership has deep pockets, they won't be pushed around (/Teddy KGB voice) by other teams as it relates to locking up Evander Kane for the long term. [Jets All Out!]

Behold! Your schedule for the 2012 Canada Russia Challenge which kicks off tomorrow in Yaroslavl, Russia. Mark Scheifele and Lukas Sutter are Winnipeg's sole representatives at the tournament. [TSN]

Meanwhile, Jacob Trouba survived the first cut of 17 players at this weekends USA WJC Camp. Team USA will take on Team Finland today at 4:00PM EST. If practice pairings mean anything, then Trouba will play alongside University of Minnesota's Brady Skjei later this afternoon. You can follow the game live through USA Hockey's website. [USA Hockey]

Hockey's Future has ranked the top 20 prospects in the Winnipeg Jets organization. [Hockey's Future]

BREAKING: It's being reported that the Carolina Hurricanes have re-signed Jeff Skinner to a 6 year 34.35MM extension (5.725MM AAV). Those slot machine payout horns you hear are coming from Evander Kane's camp. See, it pays to hold out, kids! [Globe and Mail]

More Skinner coverage from our SB Nation pals at Canes Country. [Canes Country]

Andrej Meszaros has torn his Achilles tendon and will be out for at least the next six months. Broad Street Hockey explains what this latest blow does to the Philadelphia Flyers back-end. [Broad Street Hockey]

Former Boston University forward Corey Trivino has plead guilty to sexually assaulting an R.A. during his time at the school. [Boston Globe]

Calgary Flames prospect and former Brandon Wheat King Michael Ferland also found himself in trouble yesterday when he was charged with assaulting a man outside a Cochrane, AB bar. [CBC]

Justin Bourne explains why he wants to see Alexander Ovechkin win a Stanley Cup. [Backhand Shelf]

Continued updates on the NHL's CBA meetings including the observation that the NHLPA are not rushing to get this deal done. [SB Nation]

NHL Numbers prognosticate as to whether the Florida Panthers can repeat as Southeast Division Champions. [NHL Numbers]

Finally, Down Goes Brown brings us some of the best thank you letters published by players to their former teams over the past decade. [Down Goes Brown]