Just days after losing Tomas Vokoun indefinitely to blood clotting issues, the Penguins added journeyman goalie Jeff Deslauriers to the mix, signing him to a professional tryout with AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
Deslauriers, 29, spent last season with the Minnesota Wild organization.
A highly-touted draftee — Edmonton took him 31st overall in 2002, the fourth goalie taken after Kari Lehtonen, Cam Ward and Hannu Toivonen — Deslauriers has failed to make much of an impact at the NHL level.
His best season came in 2009-10, when he appeared in a career-high 48 games and, dubiously, led the NHL in losses (with 28).
The deal with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is a return of sorts — Deslauriers played for the Penguins in 2006-07 as Edmonton didn’t have an AHL affiliate at the time.
Oh, and in case you’re wondering, Deslauriers hasn’t played in the NHL since the 2011-12 season, when he played in four games for Anaheim.
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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