The free agent frenzy the NHL experienced eight days ago has cooled off, and it appears the Washington Capitals might be waiting until September to see what remains out there.
The Capitals, as Chuck Gormley noted for CSN Washington, could have as much as $3.9 million cap space remaining, should the club come to terms on a deal with restricted free agent Marcus Johansson.
The Capitals already, according to Capgeek.com, have 20 players signed for next season, and currently have $5.6 million in cap space.
They don’t have much room left on the roster, but could make depth moves closer to the start of the season with the cap space they do have.
“It’s never a bad thing to have,” Capitals general manager George McPhee told CSN Washington.
“We don’t know what develops, but it’s nice to have some flexibility to do things if we have to.”
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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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.
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