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Thursday Morning Altitude Check: Winnipeg Jets vs. Pittsburgh Penguins gameday links

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, February 15, 2013:

Jets vs. Penguins notes:

Previewing tonight's game against the Pittsburgh Penguins. []

For comprehensive news and notes on the Penguins, check out our pals at Pensburgh. [Pensburgh]

Claude Noel's thoughts on the Jets after the first twelve games of the season: "We need more production from more players, it’s that simple. If I get more A-games, everything else will look after itself. That’s what we need, in a nutshell. And (the players) know that." [WInnipeg Sun]

In which Gary Lawless calls out the play of Blake Wheeler. [WFP]

Harrison Mooney does a fantastic job in breaking down the Evander Kane saga. [Puck Daddy]

Leave it to a 79-year old Don Cherry to put Kane in his place: "To say it’s racial is ridiculous". [Winnipeg Sun]

The Jets' dressing room was aflutter yesterday as Evander Kane tried to put context to his impending story with The Hockey News. [WFP]

Our pals over at Jets Nation have some fun with the boringness of Kevin Cheveldayoff and his managerial style. [Jets Nation]

Around the NHL:

Ian Laperriere makes a huge gaffe in providing quotes for a story about an alleged sexual assault. One can only ohpe his hockey operation skills aren't this rough.(We'll have more on this running in the next few days) [SB Nation]

Here's some fun: A group of well-dressed gentlemen exhibiting the evolution of Jaromir Jagr. [SB Nation]

So long, Erik Karlsson. A lacerated Achilles tendon will keep him out of the Ottawa Senators line-up until 2013-14. We wish him the best in his recovery. [Silver Seven]

More bad news as Manny Malholtra will miss the remainder of the season for the Vancouver Canucks with what seems to stem from complications leading back to his horrific eye injury from two season's ago. Good luck, Manny! [Nucks Misconduct]

The NHL and IIHF have began deliberations on whether or not to allow NHLPA members to partake in the 2014 Sochi Olympics. [National Post]

The five most disappointing NHL teams through 2013's first quarter. [Puck Daddy]

It's never a bad time to talk NHL re-alignment! [Edmonton Journal]

Finally, check out the new goalie mask of Thomas Greiss. [Backhand Shelf]