Rob Blake formally announces his retirement


Blake3.jpgAfter weeks of knowing this was coming, Rob Blake sat before the
media today in San Jose and formally announced his retirement from the
game of hockey. Courtesy
of David Pollack of the San Jose Mercury News:

“It was a dream,” he said of the chance to compete in the NHL, “and I
can sit up here and say I was lucky enough to live it.”

Blake wasn’t emotional during the press conference, stating that he
knew after Game 3 against the Chicago Blackhawks that he would be
hanging up the skates. He also said that he’s going to take some time
off away from the rink until at least after the Christmas holidays,
before thinking about his next move to get back into hockey in some

Blake also noted that he was grateful to not have injury force him
into retirement. He played in 1,720 NHL games, won a Stanley Cup and
played in eight international tournaments as part of Team Canada. The
Sharks have made it known they’d like to have Blake return to work for
the team sometime in the future.

Avs unveil new third jerseys

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The Avalanche will be throwing a bunch of different looks at us this season.

Having already released specialized “Mile High” jerseys for February’s Stadium Series game, the Avs unveiled new third sweaters on Friday — less than 24 hours after a bitter 5-4 home loss to Minnesota in their season opener.

(Guess Colorado wanted to send out some good vibes after blowing a 4-1 third-period lead.)

These new thirds won’t come as a huge shock, however. Last month, several websites published leaked images of Colorado’s and Anaheim’s third jerseys, so the design has been in the public eye for several weeks.

Colorado will debut its new thirds on Oct. 24, in a Saturday night tilt against Columbus.

Related: Roy explains why he didn’t call time out

Report: Escrow set at 16 percent

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Hey, remember in June when the NHLPA voted to keep the five-percent growth factor in spite of increasing worries about escrow?

Well, here’s why that decision was a significant one, via TSN’s Frank Seravalli:

With early revenue projections in place, the NHL and NHLPA set the escrow withholding rate for players at 16 per cent for the first quarter of the season on Thursday.

That means every player will have 16 per cent of earnings deducted from their paycheque and put aside until after all of this season’s hockey-related revenue is counted to ensure a perfect 50-50 revenue split with owners.

Now, this doesn’t mean that the players will definitely lose 16 percent of their salaries. Typically, they receive refunds when all the accounting is done.

Still, 16 percent is a good-sized chunk to withhold. They won’t be thrilled about it.

Related: To understand escrow, consider Duncan Keith