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.
Teemu Selanne’s son, Eetu, hopes his father will decide to return for the 2013-14 campaign. The elder Selanne is expected to make his decision next week. (NHL.com)
Ondrej Pavelec “couldn’t believe it” when he found out that the Winnipeg Jets had acquired his childhood friend, Michael Frolik. (Winnipeg Sun)
August is winding down, but there’s still some noteworthy players left in the unrestricted free agent pool. (Detroit Free Press)
The New Jersey Devils haven’t been able to re-sign restricted free agent Adam Henrique yet, but the negotiations are ongoing. (The Star-Ledger)
Defenseman Ryan Culkin, 19, has been bulking up and the Calgary Flames have taken notice. Flames GM Jay Feaster has informed Culkin that a strong showing at the Young Stars Classic could earn him a two-way contract and the chance to spend the 2013-14 campaign with AHL Abbotsford. (Flames.nhl.com)
Darren Pang thinks Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard is great example of what happens when a player is developed correctly. (Detroit Free Press)
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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