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Video: Flyers stall tactics


The headline may be up for discussion. Some will say that the Flyers were stalling to pull the Tampa Bay Lightning out of their 1-3-1 defensive system. Others will say that the Lightning started the stall tactics by employing a defensive system that won’t go passed the offensive blueline. Either way, there was stalling out on the ice and looked nothing like the NHL we’ve grown to watch and love.

This is what it looks like when a prevent defense meets a four corners offense. Snoozefest.

Check it out and let us know what you think in the comments. Is this something the league needs to step in and deal with immediately? Should the Flyers be forced to move the puck or should the Lightning be forced to move out of their defensive system?

Update (11:15 EST): Watch Mike Milbury and Keith Jones weigh in on the weirdness.

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