If you needed your moment of zen as you patiently (impatiently?) wait for the start of hockey season, the Buffalo Sabres are here to help you calm your nerves/get you even more excited. Here’s the Sabres time-lapse video of the ice maintenance crew at HSBC Arena laying down and painting the ice in preparation for the coming season.
It’s not a lot, but it sure warms my hockey-loving heart seeing this all go down. Fear not friends, the season approaches.
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.
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.