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Flames send prospect Baertschi to AHL as Backlund returns

It hasn’t been a banner season for Flames prospect Sven Baertschi. He came into this season with a lot of hype and a lot of hope he could emerge as the next big thing in Calgary.

Instead, he’s dealt with injury and poor play resulting in him having just one assist in ten games this season and now he’s headed back to the AHL. Baertschi was a healthy scratch for the team’s 4-0 loss against Anaheim last night but his demotion comes at a time when center Mikael Backlund is ready to return.

The Flames activated Backlund off of injured reserve and will have him in the lineup against Los Angeles tonight. Backlund’s been an important player for Calgary in the limited time he’s played this season scoring three goals with one assist in eight games. The Flames can use all the help they can get offensively as they’re 19th in goals scored this year.

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