Grigorenko relents, tells Sabres he’ll report to QMJHL


After a tense weekend in which he put up a fight in being assigned to the QMJHL’s Quebec Ramparts, Mikhail Grigorenko told the Buffalo Sabres that he’ll accept his demotion.

The 19-year-old is too young to be assigned to the AHL’s Rochester Americans, which would probably be that middle-of-the-road path between competition the Sabres likely believe is over his head in the NHL vs. opponents who probably don’t push him enough at the junior level.

The numbers make the argument pretty plainly. He had 85 points in 59 games in the QMJHL in 2011-12 and 54 in 33 games with the Ramparts last season. Conversely, he only has eight points in 43 games split between the last two seasons in the NHL with Buffalo.

Does this mean the awkwardness is over? No, but the two sides can gather themselves and try to mend the fences as the process goes along. (Assuming new GM Tim Murray doesn’t have a trick up his sleeve, of course.)

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