The Lady Byng Memorial Trophy isn’t the most coveted award in the NHL. In fact, it’s the only award that can be used as an insult. As in, “They’re not going to win if (blank) keeps playing like a Lady Byng candidate.”
But its list of winners still includes names like Wayne Gretzky, Pavel Datsyuk, Martin St. Louis, Ron Francis, Mike Bossy, Marcel Dionne, and numerous other stars.
Besides, even in a tough sport like hockey, there’s nothing wrong with being the “player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability.”
This year’s nominees, as announced today by the NHL, are Brian Campbell (Panthers), Jordan Eberle (Oilers) and Matt Moulson (Islanders).
If we had to pick a favorite, we’d give it to Campbell, if only because he’s played a lot more games than the other two. Though of his three minor penalties this season, one of them was for slashing, and that’s not very gentlemanly at all.
The Avalanche will be throwing a bunch of different looks at us this season.
Having already released jerseys for February’s Stadium Series game, the Avs unveiled their 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.
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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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