The New York Rangers were skating as the Black-and-Blueshirts for some time, but they’ll get some valuable players back tonight and might see another return later this week.
Steve Zipay reports that crucial center Brandon Dubinsky and high-effort winger Ryan Callahan will be back in the lineup for the team’s game against the comparably bruised Pittsburgh Penguins tonight. The team sent Evgeny Grachev down to the minors to make some room for the returning Rangers.
Various reports indicate that Vaclav Prospal won’t make his season debut until Thursday, if not later. Zipay reports that Erik Christensen isn’t quite ready to return yet, either.
The Rangers are making their fiery coach proud with some scrappy play this season. Dubinsky and Callahan are probably the best examples of that resilient spirit, so the team will surely be excited to welcome them back into the fold.
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.
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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.
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