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Monday Morning Altitude Check: Derek Meech and Missed Opportunities

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: We're back to regular programming! Altitude Check will come your way five days a week.

Here is what's in the news for Monday, September 24, 2012:

Winnipeg Jets players vow their solidarity to each other despite the lockout: "Everyone seems to be on the same page, so that's a good thing," said Jets captain Andrew Ladd, who was in New York for NHLPA negotiating meetings last week. "Obviously, we know going forward it's going to get a little tougher, especially if we start missing games. But we're a pretty strong group and we're ready for that." [Winnipeg Sun]

Derek Meech is coping with the NHL lockout as best he can, given he would be fighting for a roster spot due to Zach Bogosian's injury: "It seems like the opportunities have been shuffled away from me in the past... especially last year with a double-knee injury. There could have been some opportunity this year and there still might be, but you can't think of what could be. You just have to go out and play and have yourself as best prepared as possible." [WFP]

Jets' prospect Adam Lowry was named Buzzing the Net's first star on Saturday for his hat-trick performance against the Moose Jaw Warriors. [Buzzing the Net]

Season ticket holders had until September 21st to decide whether or not to keep their money invested with the team. [CTV]

Matt Eichel writes an open plea to the NHL from a fans' perspective. [Jets All Out]

"It's very complicated and way too much for the average Joe to understand, but having said that, I will tell you this: The owners can basically be viewed as the Ranch, and the players, and me included, are the cattle. The owners own the Ranch and allow the players to eat there. That's the way its always been and that the way it will be forever. And the owners simply aren't going to let a union push them around. It's not going to happen." That was Jim Devellano before he was fined $250,000 for speaking the truth his mind. [Puck Daddy]

In which the Edmonton Oilers threaten relocation on Twitter. Daryl Katz: genius at work. [Copper 'n Blue]

It's been twenty years since Manon Rheaume suited up in goal for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Man, time flies. [Raw Charge]

Ellen Etchingham hypothesizes that the NHL owners can play the waiting game much longer than the players can. [Backhand Shelf]

Finally, who is the Columbus Blue Jackets number one prospect? Overwhelming results say it's Ryan Murray. [The Cannon]