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Bouwmeester trade: Blues get their coveted ‘left-handed defenseman’

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The St. Louis Blues had been in search of a left-handed defenseman that could play heavy minutes and help contribute in an offensive capacity. On Monday, they got that with the acquisition of Jay Bouwmeester in a trade with the Calgary Flames.

“We’ve been looking to acquire a top left-handed defenseman and Jay represents that and is an elite player in our game,” Blues general manager Doug Armstrong said in a statement.

As per the Blues’ statement, Bouwmeester is not considered a roster player at this time, pending immigration.

Armstrong reiterated his comments to Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

The Blues were in action on the ice Monday night, as well.

St. Louis had a 3-1 lead over the Minnesota Wild in the third period. The Blues had lost three games in a row and, as of Monday morning, were not in a playoff position.

The Blues sat ninth in the Western Conference standings, one point behind the Columbus Blue Jackets.

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