Jets’ Clitsome undergoes season-ending back surgery

On Friday, the Winnipeg Jets announced that veteran defenseman Grant Clitsome would be lost for the year after undergoing back surgery.

“Clitsome underwent season-ending back surgery yesterday at the Marina Spine Center in Marina del Rey, California,” the club said in a statement. “The surgery was performed by renowned back specialist Dr. Robert Watkins, Sr.”

There was no information available as to the type of injury Clitsome suffered, or the severity. It’s also not known what the timetable for return is from the procedure (or, what exactly the procedure entailed.)

Clitsome, 28, was in the midst of a career campaign before getting hurt in mid-December. He had 12 points through 32 games and was averaging close to 20 minute per night, in what was the first of his three-year, $6.2 million deal signed with the Jets in July.


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