Just a reminder that Hockey Canada will announce its 2014 Olympic roster tomorrow morning in Toronto. We’ll probably write a post or two about it, if you think hockey fans might be interested in the topic.
Who will make it? Who won’t? Well, TSN’s Bob McKenzie is pretty plugged in with the decision-makers, and he announced his projections yesterday on Twitter.
Among those left off McKenzie’s list: Chris Kunitz, Eric Staal, Joe Thornton, Dan Boyle, and Brent Seabrook.
A couple of inclusions on the blue line that may surprise you (until you’re reminded they shoot left, not right): Dan Hamhuis and Marc-Édouard Vlasic.
And yes, PK Subban made McKenzie’s list.
Now, the following list isn’t set in stone; it’s just his best guess. We’ll know its real accuracy tomorrow.
Related: Here is your 2014 United States men’s Olympic roster
The Avalanche will be throwing a bunch of different looks at us this season.
Having already released jerseys for February’s Stadium Series game, the Avs unveiled their 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.)
These new thirds won’t come as a huge shock, however. 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.
Colorado will debut its 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.
Related: To understand escrow, consider Duncan Keith