Steve Ott

Ott excited about playing in Buffalo, “a real hockey city”


On Monday night, agitator extraordinaire Steve Ott had some (possibly inadvertent) parting words for the city of Dallas.

The Windsor, Ontario, native had just been traded to Buffalo and did an interview with WIVB 4, during which he expressed excitement about moving closer to home.

He also expressed excitement about playing in — oh, how to put this — a more traditional market.

“Full house, screaming fans,” Ott said. “To have an opportunity to still be in my prime and have family coming to watch me and play in a real hockey city, it’s something I can’t wait for.”

In Ott’s defense, he probably didn’t mean this to be a parting shot — but his timing (and word choice) was unfortunate. Dallas has fallen on hard times as of late, finishing 28th in the league in home attendance last season despite the introduction of $9 dollar tickets.

It’s also likely the 29-year-old was pumping the tires of his new city rather than deflating those of his old one. That seemed to be the case when Ott re-iterated his excitement about joining the Sabres.

“Honestly, I’m so excited for this opportunity,” he said. “It’s not even funny.”

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