Joe Sakic

PHT Morning Skate: Sakic will play larger role with Avalanche


PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Joe Sakic is expected to serve in an expanded front office role with the Colorado Avalanche next season. (Denver Post)

Montreal Canadiens captain Brian Gionta talks about the injury that left him crying in his coach’s arms. (Montreal Gazette)

Pavel Datsyuk doesn’t want to talk about the possibility of him finishing his career in Russia. Not while the playoffs are still going on anyways. (Detroit News)

Rangers forward Derick Brassard has stepped up for the New York Rangers in his first playoff series. (Newsday)

There’s a slim chance that Danny DeKeyser (thumb surgery) would be available for Detroit in the Stanley Cup finals, but, “let’s get there first,” GM Ken Holland said. (Detroit Free Press)

The Ottawa Senators youngsters have been a significant part of their first-round success. (Ottawa Citizen)

The Providence Bruins had a pretty good night too. (

Speaking of Bruins, here are the highlights from the NHL club’s 4-3 overtime win against Toronto:

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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.

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