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Tortorella can’t count on Sauer (concussion) to be ready for camp

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Michael Sauer sustained a concussion on Dec. 5 due to a hit dished out by the Toronto Maple Leafs’ Dion Phaneuf. He missed the remainder of the regular season and didn’t participate in the New York Rangers’ lengthy playoff run.

Even after more than five months, it sounds like Sauer still has a long road to recovery ahead of him.

Rangers coach John Tortorella said that Sauer still isn’t ready to start working out and his availability is “a huge question mark.”

When asked if Tortorella would count on Sauer to be ready for training camp, the Rangers coach was direct.

“Nope,” Tortorella said. “No. I’ll be honest with you, no. I can’t.”

After being drafted in 2005, Sauer was only able to establish himself as a regular with the Rangers in 2010-11. He signed a two-year/$2.5 million contract as a restricted free agent last summer and played in 19 games before his season was derailed.

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