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PHT Morning Skate: In which James van Riemsdyk might be playing hurt

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.

Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly.com wonders aloud if James van Riemsdyk is playing injured. It’s not like he has broken limbs dangling here or anything. (CSNPhilly.com)

Kevin Dineen is politicking pretty hard to get Stephen Weiss in the All-Star Game. People still do this? (Sun-Sentinel)

Remember Marc Bergevin? He was a defenseman through the 80s and 90s in the NHL. He’s carving out a nice career as an assistant to GM Stan Bowman now. Wait, does that make him the Dwight Schrute of Chicago? (Chicago Tribune)

Things weren’t always so peachy between Dean Lombardi and Darryl Sutter you know. (Working The Corners)

Joffrey Lupul is being called a C-word lately in Toronto: Consistent. (TSN)

Hey, guess what stinks out loud lately? If you said the Blues power play you’d win the prize of self-satisfaction knowing you were right. (Post-Dispatch)

The Bruins got caught off guard by the Panthers when they last met. Joe Haggerty says that won’t be happening again. (CSNNE.com)

Mike Commodore played his first plus-rated game in over a year last night. Detroit still lost, however. (Red Wings)

Finally, Niklas Kronwall is bringing hitting with your back in as the new thing. Just ask Tim Jackman. (Backhand Shelf)

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