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PHT’s Morning Skate: All your faceoffs belong to Patrick Kane

PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Patrick Kane will take your face off… Just not like Nicolas Cage. We think. (Chicago Tribune)

Could we see Eric Lindros in the Winter Classic Alumni game? Can we get him to somehow play for both teams? (The Hockey Writers)

Nashville’s Jerred Smithson rips his team a new one after losing to Edmonton. (Tennessean)

Oilers superhero Ryan Smyth scores the game-winning goal on his bobblehead night. All fans nod in approval. (Edmonton Journal)

The Florida Panthers are a power play juggernaut. No, seriously, they are. (Sun Sentinel)

To go back to juniors or to not go back to juniors? That is the question the Senators face for Mika Zibanejad. (Ottawa Sun)

Jamal Mayers is becoming a cult hero in Chicago (

Jets rookie Mark Scheifele is trying to stick with the team. Playing just seven minutes last night doesn’t help that cause. (Winnipeg Sun)

Sergei Gonchar can’t believe he’s being booed in Ottawa. Hey, it’s better than the treatment he gets in Washingon. (Ottawa Sun)

Marian Hossa could be back tonight for Chicago (Blackhawks)

It’s Slava Voynov’s time to shine in Los Angeles (Kings Insider)

A look at how Stars coach Glen Gulutzan is running his offense in Dallas (Defending Big D)

Anaheim’s Kurtis Foster is hoping to play on Friday (OC Register)

BizNasty and CarBomb are becoming better overall players? Sure, why not! (AZ Central)

Brendan Morrison is close to returning to action for Calgary. (Flames)

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