Bolts re-sign G Desjardins, D Taormina


The Tampa Bay Lightning stocked some organizational depth on Wednesday, re-upping with goalie Cedrick Desjardins and defenseman Matt Taormina on one-year, two-way deals.

Desjardins, 27, was acquired from Montreal early in the 2013 season in exchange for Dustin Tokarski. He proceeded to appear in three games for Tampa, going 0-3-0 with a 3.00 GAA and .890 save percentage.

He seems destined to play in AHL Syracuse this year, especially with Tampa’s 1-2 goalie combo of Ben Bishop and Anders Lindback.

Taormina, 26, was signed last summer as an unrestricted free agent and appeared in just two games for the Bolts in 2013, going scoreless.

The former Providence College standout posted career highs in games (30) and points (seven) with New Jersey in 2011-12.

Taormina has an outside shot of cracking Tampa’s blueline next year, though the club does already have seven NHL defensemen under contract.

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.

Related: To understand escrow, consider Duncan Keith