The Colorado Avalanche reunion tour has added another member.
On Tuesday, Adrian Dater of the Denver Post passed along word that Adam Foote — a two-time Cup winner in Colorado with new head coach Patrick Roy and president Joe Sakic — would be joining Roy’s coaching staff on a part-time basis.
Foote will work with the club’s defensemen, a fitting role given he was one of the best blueliners to ever play for the organization.
In 2009, he inherited Colorado’s captaincy from Sakic, becoming just the eighth captain in Avs/Nordiques franchise history and just the second since the move to Denver.
In Colorado, Foote will have a number of young defensemen to work with.
Duncan Siemens, the 11th overall pick at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, just finished up a four-year career with WHL Saskatoon, while 21-year-old Tyson Barrie and 22-year-old Stefan Elliott seem primed to play with the Avs on a full-time basis.
The Avalanche will be throwing a bunch of different looks at us this season.
Having already released jerseys for February’s Stadium Series game, the Avs unveiled their 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.)
These new thirds won’t come as a huge shock, however. 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.
Colorado will debut its new thirds on Oct. 24, in a Saturday night tilt against Columbus.
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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