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Wednesday Morning Altitude Check: Winnipeg Jets season to open against the Ottawa Senators

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

Marianne Helm

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 Wednesday, January 9, 2013:

So it looks like the Jets will open their season at home January 19th to the Ottawa Senators. If last year is any indication, expect us to give up at least 5. [WFP]

Looks like Jets' fans are pretty pumped for the NHL's return version 2.0. [Winnipeg Sun]

Blake Wheeler is looking to achieve an inverse of last season's start as it took him over a month to register his first goal. [Winnipeg Sun]

Chris Thorburn is of the belief that winning will cure the pain of disgruntled fans: "Jets fans are pretty loyal and hopefully the arena packed. There’s a lot of positives out there for the season to get going. Our main objective is to go play hockey and get some wins here early and hopefully get the fan base back." [WFP]

With Paul Postma on his way to Winnipeg, Will O`Neill will see an increased role with the St. John's IceCaps in hopes he can become this year's Zach Redmond. [The Telegram]

Behold: the 2013 centre ice logo! [WFP]

One day after Lubomir Vishnovsky threatened leveraging the KHL as refuge from the New York Islanders, Ilya Kovalchuk has speculated staying with SKA Saint Petersburg. [CBC]

Fellow Russian Alex Ovechkin sat down to talk about his return to Washington as well thoughts of remaining in the KHL. [SB Nation]

In which Nicklas Lidstrom's jersey retirement is being postponed until next season. [SB Nation]

Speaking of retired Detroit Red Wings, fare thee well, Tomas Holmstrom: the first casualty of the 2012 NHL lockout. [NBC Sports]

And not to be outdone, fellow Swede Kristian Huselius has also decided to hang up his skates, citing a deteriorating hip. [Sportsnet]

Finally, Gabriel Landeskog loves American boys. [Puck Daddy]