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Richards is still trying to fit in with new Blackhawks teammates


This week’s Chicago Blackhawks Fan Convention gives Brad Richards a chance to become acquainted with a new team and a new city, but it appears that he’s still in that awkward “getting to know you” phase, as reports.

Richards, 34, isn’t even sure what to call his most famous teammates. He asked if anyone actually calls Jonathan Toews or Patrick Kane by their first names, ultimately believing that “Taser and Kaner” are basically “official.”

(Really, when you consider the lack of creativity in most hockey nicknames, all Richards really needs to do is to attach “-y” or “-er” to someone’s name or an abbreviation of that name. At least, as a teammate … one would assume that Toews probably isn’t fond of being called “Captain Serious” on the ice.)

As you can tell from the full press conference, Richards is still getting used to his new surroundings. He also clearly enjoys “Game of Thrones,” which should give him some talking points with virtually everyone else:

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