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Monday Morning Altitude Check: Happy New Year! (and Happy End of the 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.

Here is what's in the news for Monday, January 7, 2013:

Evander Kane is calling the end of the NHL lockout a "late Christmas present". We also would have accepted "Orthodox Christmas Miracle" and "The New Year's Resolution". [WFP]

The Winnipeg Sun investigates how will the Jets' look with very little time to prepare for the regular season. [Winnipeg Sun]

Jim Slater's spidey-senses were tingling heading into the wee hours of Sunday morning: "There were some negative days there. But being positive was the only way you could have done it. If you get down negatively it can affect you in other ways. I just kind of looked at it as going into the rink every day and preparing for this day that was hopefully coming soon." [WFP]

Paul Friesen isn't too happy with the end terms of the NHL CBA, especially considering it could have been reached over a month ago. [Winnipeg Sun]

Mark Scheifele will in fact be attending training camp for the Winnipeg Jets. Whether he makes the team or not right now is anyone guess (though we would suspect he doesn't). [WFP]

Jacob Trouba -- better known as Winnipeg's new love child after his dominant performance at this year's WJC's -- will likely return to the University of Michigan where he will complete his freshman year. [Winnipeg Sun]

Matt Eichel finally emerges from the doldrums of the lockout to give his version of Winnipeg's lines to start the year. [Jets All Out]

The question now becomes what the NHL will do to repair their tarnished brand. [Globe and Mail]

But one of those answers won't be giving away NHL Center Ice for free. [SB Nation]

Since you've been away for awhile, here's a list of available NHL free agents whom we can collectively speculate about. PK Subban to Winnipeg? Make it happen! [SB Nation]

As it turns out, the NHL and NBA Collective Bargaining Agreements are almost identical. [SB Nation]

Elliotte Friedman noted that no training camps can open before Saturday with a likely season start date of January 19, 2013. [Puck Daddy]

Following NHL media through Twitter as they all collectively broke the end of the lockout. [Backhand Shelf]

Finally, congrats to the Los Angeles Kings who can finally raise their 2011-12 Stanley Cup banner. [ ]