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Detroit adds Hall of Famer Coffey to Winter Classic alumni roster


The Detroit Red Wings have added another big name to their star-studded alumni team.

Paul Coffey, second all-time among NHL defensemen in points, will wear the winged wheel on Dec. 31 when Detroit takes on the Toronto Maple Leafs in the annual Winter Classic alumni game, to be played at Comerica Park.

Coffey played four seasons in Detroit and will be joined by two teammates from the famous 1995-96 team that won a record-setting 62 games — Mathieu Dandenault and Martin Lapointe.

Coffey led all Wings defensemen in scoring that year (74 points in 76 games) but was traded to Hartford prior to winning a Cup with Detroit.

Dandenault and Lapointe would feature prominently in Detroit’s three championships from 1997-2002.


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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.

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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.

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