Gary Bettman, Bill Daly

NHL concussion lawsuits to be consolidated

Tuesday marked another significant development for the concussion lawsuits filed by numerous former players against the NHL.

Three of the suits have been consolidated and assigned to a U.S. District Judge in Minnesota, per the Canadian Press. Minnesota was chosen due to its central location and proximity to Canada, where a number of the parties and witnesses live (the consolidation brings together more than 200 ex-players that originally filed in Minnesota, New York and Washington.)

The NHL has been hit with five different concussion lawsuits since November of 2013, when the first group of 10 ex-players filed in a federal court in Washington. The second was filed in April — one that included former NHLers Dan LaCouture, Dan Keczmer and Mike Peluso, but one that also lost credibility by claiming NHL legend Gordie Howe died in 2009 from a neurodegenerative disease called Pick’s disease.

(Howe is still alive. It was his wife, Colleen, who died of the disease.)

The third suit was also filed in April, in Minneapolis, by retired players Dave Christian, Reed Larson and William Bennett. Lawsuits No. 4 and No. 5 were filed this past summer and featured former Former Bruins d-man Jon Rohloff, ex-Columbus forward Dan Fritsche and former Ranger Chris Ferraro.

The consolidation order says all five suits may eventually be joined into one.

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    Avs unveil new third jerseys

    Avs Jerseys

    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

    Gary Bettman, Donald Fehr
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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