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Friday Morning Altitude Check: Andrew Ladd Talks NHL Lockout

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

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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.

Ed. Note: Now that the NHL lockout is upon us, Altitude Check will only be running on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Here is what's in the news for Friday, September 21, 2012:

The OHL season started off with a "BANG!" for the Barrie Colts who defeated the Ottawa 67's 6-4. Mark Scheifele finished the game with 1 goal and 3 assists, no doubt prompting his supporters to slobber all over themselves. On a side note, remember the name Sean Monahan. He's going to be a special player. [OHL]

The St. John's IceCaps are preparing for what's planned to be a "small training camp". So more of a soirée than a shaker? [WFP]

Nik Antropov is the latest Winnipeg Jets' player to sign a KHL deal, signing with Barys Astana. Alexander Burmistrov weeps. [Winnipeg Sun]

Andrew Ladd offeres more of his two cents pertaining to the lockout: "We're locked out. (Getting more guys in Winnipeg) is helping the Winnipeg Jets... you know what I mean? This is a lockout. Our main priority isn't to stay ready for them, it's more for ourselves." And don't forget, nothing says player solidarity like the best and brightest bolting to Europe for cash. [WFP]

Matt Eichel tracks more of the Jets' exodus. [Jets All Out]

Bruce Ciskie explains why the IIHF transfer situation is much ado about nothing (his words). [SB Nation]

Not to be outdone by Scheifele, defensemen Cody Ceci assisted on all four 67's goals in a losing effort. [Silver Seven]

So Ryan Kesler is a diver? Who knew!? Oh wait, everyone did. [TSN]

Alex Ovechkin has beast mode engaged. [Puck Daddy]

And finally, Daniel Wagner gets some laughs for The untold overly dramatic stories of the lockout. Truly a fantastic piece. [Backhand Shelf]