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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 Thursday, April 11, 2013:

Jets vs Panthers notes:

Previewing tonight's game against the Florida Panthers. [NHL.com]

For comprehensive news and notes on the Panthers, check out our pals at Litter Box Cats. [Litter Box Cats]

With Tobias Enstrom out of the line-up with an upper-body injury, the Jets will shuffle the deck on the blue-line yet again. [Winnipeg Free Press]

Ken Wiebe explains that the Jets must take the Panthers seriously: "After putting together consecutive wins to open a six-game homestand that could determine their post-season chances, the Jets fully understand the Florida Panthers are a dangerous team, even if their position at the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings might suggest otherwise." [Winnipeg Sun]

Ed Tait on why this year's postseason run is so important: "Until they gain entry into the Stanley Cup derby, the inglorious playoff history that has followed them north from Atlanta -- one lousy post-season appearance since the franchise birth in 1999 -- will remain like a stain in the carpet." [Winnipeg Free Press]

And so this up-and-down season continues. [Winnipeg Sun]

Our pals at Jets Nation ask how long WInnipeg's rebuild will take. [Jets Nation]

Around the NHL:

Carl Soderberg has signed a contract with the Boston Bruins. [SB Nation]

Ilya Bryzgalov states he's not worried about a contract buyout: "You know, I have no control in this. I can't read the people's mind. I can't project things what they're thinking, that's why I'm not worried about things I can't control. I maybe want one thing and they want a different thing." [SB Nation]

The art of Rihannaing, done Ottawa Senators style. [SB Nation]

This week's 30 Thoughts deals with the expense associated with the NHLPA taking part in the 2014 Sochi Olympics. [30 Thoughts]

Finally, Latvian hockey players have been investing in earthworm breading. Funky. [Puck Daddy]