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Video: Abdelkader tossed at Worlds, could face second suspension


Justin Abdelkader could be back in front of the IIHF disciplinary committee in the near future.

The Team USA captain was tossed from Thursday’s quarterfinal tilt against the Czech Republic for charging Vladimir Sobotka early in the second period:

This is Abdelkader’s second major infraction of the tournament. During round-robin play, the Red Wings forward was given a one-game suspension for kneeing Kazakhstan forward Konstantin Pushkaryov, with the disciplinary committee chastising Abdelkader for making “no attempt to play the puck, further widening his stance and initiating knee-to-knee contact with Pushkaryov when the two players met.”

Abdelkader, 26, is carving himself a reputation as a dangerous player. In addition to the IIHF sanctions, he’s also been hit with a suspension from the NHL — during last year’s opening playoff round, he was given a two-game ban for charging then-Ducks defenseman Toni Lydman.

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.

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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