2010 NHL Free Agency: Kings wrap up three more forwards: Elkins, Clune and Lewis

trevorlewis.jpgWe’ve already covered the signings of Marc-Andre Cliche and Brad Richardson earlier this weekend, but the Los Angeles Kings wrapped up five forwards overall this weekend. TSN reports that the team re-signed Corey Elkins, Rich Clune and Trevor Lewis as well.

Clune earned two assists and 26 penalty minutes in 14 regular season games with the Kings this past season, his first in the NHL. He also recorded five penalty minutes in four playoff games with the Kings. The 5-10, 198-pound native of Toronto spent the bulk of the season with the American Hockey League’s Manchester Monarchs, accumulating 14 points and 126 penalty minutes in 44 games.

Lewis began the 2009-10 season with the Kings and recorded zero points and zero penalty minutes in five games. He was assigned to Manchester and registered seven points and six penalty minutes in 23 regular season games. Lewis suffered an upper body injury Nov. 11 and missed 47 games. The 6-0, 199-pound native of Salt Lake City had nine points, 10 penalty minutes and a team-leading 52 shots in 16 playoff games, helping the Monarchs advance to the AHL’s Eastern Conference Finals.

Elkins had one goal in three games with the Kings this past season, his first in the NHL. The 6-3, 216-pound native of West Bloomfield, Mich. recorded 43 points and 24 penalty minutes in 73 regular season games with Manchester. His 43 points was second on Manchester and first among club rookies (10th among AHL rookies).

Obviously, these moves pale in comparison to the decision the Kings/Ilya Kovalchuk will make in the next weeks (or heaven forbid, months).

That being said, GM Dean Lombardi’s slow-but-steady approach is producing some nice results so far. Naturally, adding Kovalchuk would accelerate the process to “Win Now” but Kings fans can be forgiven if they’re starting to look at it like a win/win situation.

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    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.)

    While undoubtedly exciting for the organization, the release of these new thirds isn’t taking anybody by surprise. 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.

    The Avs will debut these 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