PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.
P.A. Parenteau (knee) is ready to return to the Colorado Avalanche’s lineup. (Denver Post)
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The Montreal Canadiens have revealed a very realistic wax figure of Hall of Famer Maurice Richard. (The Score)
A look at where the Washington Capitals went wrong this season. (CSN Washington)
Olli Jokinen is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, but the 35-year-old forward would like to stick with the Winnipeg Jets. (Winnipeg Sun)
Canadiens forward Thomas Vanek faced his former squad, the New York Islanders, last night. Before the trade, it came out that the Islanders had made him a “substantial” offer, which he turned down. Vanek feels that the information coming out made things “awkward” and the report “bugged” him. (Newsday)
Marian Gaborik is upbeat about the Los Angeles Kings, but he does feel they have room for improvement when it comes to how they do at the start of contests. (LA Kings Insider)
Forward Ryan Rupert, 19, has inked a three-year, entry-level contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs. (MapleLeafs.nhl.com)
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.
Related: To understand escrow, consider Duncan Keith