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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 Friday, October 12, 2012:

Winnipeg Jets' players have been complimentary towards their minority owner, Mark Chipman, as if any player would ever speak out against their owner anyway. Said Jim Slater: "There are a couple of owners that definitely rub guys the wrong way. It's a handful people aren't too happy with. I have no hard feelings (towards Chipman) at all. He's been first-class with me the whole way." [Winnipeg Sun]

Olli Jokinen has been spending a lot more time with his young family during the early stages of the lockout, which he considers a silver lining: "I think the most-positive thing is you can stay active with your kids. You can enjoy the things that you don't normally get the chance to enjoy. At the same time you respect your wife a lot more because you start to realize what they go through in the year, you know?" [WFP]

Bryan Little chimes in on how fans must feel now that the lockout has reached the regular season: "Usually when they recognize you, they’re pretty polite and say, ‘Get back soon, we miss it,’ and stuff like that. But I’m sure they’re not as polite behind our backs. If I was a fan, I’d be frustrated and angry with everyone involved. They’re being patient. But we’re definitely testing their patience right now." [Winnipeg Sun]

The Michigan Wolverines started their regular season last night and Jacob Trouba had himself a whale of a performance, finishing with a goal and an assist. Michigan fell to RIT 5-4 in overtime. [Western College Hockey Blog]

And it looks like Trouba will be thrust into a larger role with the Wolverines after Jon Merrill has been sidelined for the next few weeks with a cracked vertebrae. [Western College Hockey Blog]

The Barrie Colts lit up the Saginaw Spirit 8-5 last night. Mark Scheifele finished with one assist. [Barrie Examiner]

The Colorado Eagles have named their roster for opening night as they prepare to get destroyed by Brandon Dubinsky, Nate Thompson and the rest of the Alaska Globetrotters Aces. [CBS Northern Colorado]

Scott Gomez was absent from the above list of pro's playing for the Aces, because he has been cut. [Toronto Sun]

In which a Justin Bieber fan defaced the Rick Rypien memorial outside Rogers Arena. Some people just don't get it. [PITB]

Rich Hammond will no longer be writing for the Los Angeles Kings after the NHL was upset that Hammond -- a league employee -- was still talking to players for stories, despite a work stoppage. He will now cover USC sports for the OC Register. [JFTC]

Still no considerable progress has been made in labour disputes, which sucks. [SB Nation]

NBC Sports Network unveils their plan to fill time slots vacated by the lack of NHL hockey, which includes.... CFL football? [SB Nation]

David Booth has been hunting mythical creatures. This will undoubtedly piss off PETA. [Backhand Shelf]

Finally, here's Michelle of the NOC making a song out of Krys Barch lyrics. Not too shabby. [YouTube]