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Thursday Morning Altitude Check: Alexander Burmistrov Seems Really Pumped to Play in the AHL

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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.

Here is what's in the news for Thursday, September 27, 2012:

Alexander Burmistrov offers a little more on his assignment to St. John's: "I can be happy and I can be not happy because I don't know where I go. We'll see what the league (is like). I've never played there and we'll see if I will be enjoying it." Dude sounds soooo jacked. Good luck, Keith McCambridge. [WFP]

Congrats to Blake Wheeler who will become a father in early November. [Winnipeg Sun]

The Winnipeg Jets Hockey Academy is ready to host its' second year of players: [WFP]

Japers' Rink rank the top ten defensemen in the Southeast Division. Dustin Byfuglien and Tobias Enstrom both make the cut. [Japers' Rink]

BREAKING: The lockout is over! Well, the NFL referee lockout anyway. Oh, you thought I meant -- sorry guys. [SB Nation]

Defending Big D ranks Mike Modano as the greatest Dallas Stars' player of all time. As if there was ever a doubt. [Defending Big D]

Pure Gold: An excerpt from 50 Shades of Millbury. [Lighthouse Hockey]

Matt Wagner helps us get a little more accustomed to KHL hockey. [SB Nation]

How much did Hockey Canada have to do with the delay of Nail Yakupov's transfer to the KHL? Dmitry Chesnokov investigates. [Puck Daddy]

Escrow! Bonuses! Extended lockout!!! [USA Today]

Finally, Ryan Lambert makes us feel all warm and fuzzy about Friday's CBA meetings. I feel bad for those who's job it is to cover this shit. [Backhand Shelf]