Tyler Seguin

Tyler Seguin is finally a first line center… With a catch

It’s taken over a season for it to happen, but last year’s second overall pick, Tyler Seguin, is finally going to be the Bruins’ first line center. CSNNE.com’s Joe Haggerty reports that Seguin will play on the first line tonight against Carolina (7:30 p.m. on Versus) and be the guy responsible for setting up Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton.

Of course, the twist in how Seguin ends up in that driver’s seat is a bit more trying for the team than they’d like. David Krejci’s mysterious injury suffered in practice has knocked him out of that role and Marc Savard is probably not going to play for the Bruins this season or potentially ever again with concussion problems.

Seguin’s ascension to the top line wouldn’t happen, however, unless he was actually getting things done and this season he’s shown so far that he’s capable of handling the promotion. His work on the third line has been inspired and the aggressive skating, high-flying Seguin we saw in the playoffs last year is back full-time.

If Seguin can spark Lucic and Horton into action after coach Claude Julien said he wanted more out of those two, Seguin could help himself out more than anything else by proving he belongs in that role. Considering how well Krejci worked with those two last season, that’d take quite the effort.

If Seguin can turn Julien into a “Seguinista,” Boston fans might just get to forget about all that fried chicken and beer getting talked about with their baseball team.

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.

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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