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Friday Morning Altitude Check: Dustin Byfuglien's Pain in the Ass

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.

Here is what's in the news for Friday, September 28, 2012:

Dustin Byfuglien calls his summer trial a 'pain in the ass'. Oh wait, that was just the Mallomars. He went on to discussed concerns of his weight fluctuation: "I’m right around the same (as last year). Every year it’s always the same stuff and somebody is always going to comment on something. For me, it’s my weight. I sit and smile at it. It doesn’t matter, as long as I’m able to move and go." [Winnipeg Sun]

More Byfuglien coverage! "[Winning the Norris] has always been a thought that it would be nice to win, but it’s not something I push to do. I go out there, I do my job and I just have fun with the boys." Somehow Winnipeg Sun Editors got Jets' Byfuglien wants to be in Norris discussion out of that. [Winnipeg Sun]

Jets' players are still hopeful that a CBA deal can be reached. Said Mark Stuart: "At least there's communication. And we should all be optimistic as long as those discussions are taking place." [WFP]

Further coverage on the Winnipeg Jets Hockey Academy which gives under-priviledged children a chance to learn the game. [WFP]

Mark Scheifele marked a goal and an assist in Barrie's 4-3 SO win over Owen Sound. [Barrie Examiner]

Scott Kosmachuk will look to bounce back after being benched last weekend in OHL action. [Guelph Mercury]

Get ready for meetings, meetings and more meetings between the NHL and NHLPA this weekend. [SB Nation]

The NHL stands to make a tonne of money in the long term, so long as they don't lose sight of their goals in the short term. [Yahoo! Sports]

Ondrej Pavelec is ranked the second best goaltender in the Southeast Division by Japers' Rink which really speaks to how bad -- or inexperienced some of these goalies are. [Japers' Rink]

Daniel Wagner misses the NHL and you should too. [Backhand Shelf]

Amazing dangles on display by Evgeny Kuznetsov. [YouTube, via the KHL]

Finally, Harrison Mooney displays his pipes. Listen to his NHL lockout-themed version of Elton John's Rocket Man, entitled Lockout Man. [Puck Daddy]