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Staal resumes skating, says prior concussion experience is helping now

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New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal has dealt with concussions before and, while he’s been out of action since December 8 with one, he resumed skating on Saturday.

Staal says his prior experience dealing with a concussion helped him make sure he’s not rushing back this time as Larry Brooks of the New York Post shares.

“The last time, I played through a concussion for so long, the effects dragged on forever,” the Rangers’ alternate captain said Sunday morning. “This one is different. From day-to-day afterward, I’ve felt better, quicker. There is no comparison.”

The Rangers have struggled and so too has Staal this season. Having him rush back into the lineup would’ve been counterproductive on a couple levels.

Now that he’s making sure he’s 100-percent right before getting back to action, it’ll be worth watching to see how it affects Staal’s play when he returns. If he can bounce back and play like he’s capable, it will go a long way to making things better for the Rangers.

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.

Related: Roy explains why he didn’t call time out

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