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12.9% Is Final Escrow Number For Last Season

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via Bob McKenzie of TSN,

The final escrow number (basically the percentage of player salaries the players gave back to the NHL for league overspending) for last season has been made official and it’s 12.9 per cent.

That means whatever the face value of a contract was for 2008-09, the player actually receives 12.9 per cent less than that.

But since the amount of escrow money withheld last season was around 18 per cent, the players will be getting a cheque cut, worth about five per cent of their salary. It’s not a refund per se, since the money collected belonged to them in the first place.

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Evening Line

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“We had a good practice yesterday and guys were jumping again today.  But from everything you read in the paper, we better be jumping because it seems like every time we come into this building there’s a crisis and we end up in the middle of the damned crisis.”

“I wish it was just a normal time, just a normal game but we seem to come in here always when they’re trying to right their ship.

“This is three times in a row we’ve done this and we don’t want to be the brunt of it again.”

-Columbus Coach Ken Hitchcock talking about facing the Canucks tonight.  More by Gordon McIntyre at the White Towel.

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The Dalai Lama A Habs Fan?

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Check out Habs Inside/Out for a video of The Dalai Lama being presented a Canadiens sweater.

And no disrespect meant, but the gentleman on stage with him looks a bit like Bill Daly.

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Could Phoenix Actually Make The Playoffs?

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from Kevin Allen of Mucking and Grinding,

In the spirit of full disclosure, I’m openly rooting for the Phoenix Coyotes to succeed this season because I believe it would be a remarkably fun story if they make the playoffs.

With the team in bankruptcy and players only finding out recently that the team is staying in Phoenix, the Coyotes aren’t exactly the hottest ticket in the desert. There are certainly people like Claire who could say “I didn’t even know Phoenix still had a NHL team.” 

But they do have a team, and general manager Don Maloney, working with a budget near the NHL poverty line, has put together a team that does indeed have a shot at the playoffs.

“Would we like to be where Philadelphia and Boston are, to be able to spend a little more? Yes, everyone would like that,” Maloney said. “But we still feel in our circumstance we have enough resources to be a playoff team.”

read on

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Get Ready For More Games In Europe Next Season

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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

And so, the NHL put the finishing touches on its third Euro experiment, and barring something completely unforeseen, there will be a fourth trip next year with the league expanding to three cities and six teams across the pond.

The league and the NHL Players’ Association had wanted to expand to a three-city, six-team slate this season, but uncertainty over the global economy and planning issues prompted them to stay with the four-team, two-city schedule we saw this past week and last season.

“I think we want to cast the widest possible net,” Ken Yaffe, the NHL’s senior vice president of international hockey, told ESPN.com before Saturday night’s Premiere Games finale in Stockholm between Detroit and St. Louis.


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Pavelski Out A Couple Of Weeks After Minor Procedure

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via David Pollak of Working the Corners,

Coach Todd McLellan said this morning that Joe Pavelski has undergone a minor procedure for a lower body injury and is expected to be out a couple weeks.

The injury occurred at 2:30 of the first period when Pavelski blocked a power play shot from the blue line by Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf, but the Sharks forward did not leave the game, skating 28 shifts for a total of 19:21 in ice time.

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Marouelli Begins Season In Helsinki, Will End It In Montreal

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fromPierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Dan Marouelli had a request. Let him start his final NHL season in Helsinki.

Terry Gregson, the new director of NHL officiating, agreed. Marouelli kicked off his farewell season by working both Chicago-Florida games at Hartwall Arena.

“Terry Gregson was kind enough,” the veteran NHL referee told me before we both departed Finland this past weekend. “It’s a wonderful way to start the last year. It was spectacular.”

Marouelli will be joined in retirement by fellow vets Bill McCreary and Kerry Fraser after this season, three big names to leave the ice. Add in last season’s retirements of Rob Schick and Don Koharski, and you’re talking about a major transition for the NHL’s men in stripes. Some well-respected and top-notch talent is making way for the kids.

“It’s interesting to see the transition,” said Marouelli. “It’s fitting we’re all leaving together and turning it over to the young guys now.”


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Afternoon Line

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If Rick Dipietro gets anywhere close to healthy, look for Islanders GM Garth Snow to offer either Dwayne Roloson or Martin Biron to the Red Wings.

-Mark Spector of Sportsnet.  Read more NHL notes from Mark…

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Stars Of The Week

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NEW YORK (October 5, 2009)—Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin, Colorado Avalanche goaltender Craig Anderson and St. Louis Blues center Keith Tkachuk have been named the NHL ‘Three Stars’ of the Week.

  Each Monday, the NHL will recognize three players who delivered the League’s top performances over the past week. Due to the mid-week start to the regular season, this week’s selections were based on games starting Thursday, Oct. 1.

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Thrashers Say No Truth To The Atlanta To Winnipeg Rumor

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from Paul Wiecek of the Winnipeg Free Press,

A spokesman for the NHL’s Atlanta Thrashers organization said this morning that there is no truth to a report that a Toronto-based group is working to purchase the club and move it to Winnipeg.

“There’s two words that you can quote to our general manager, Don Waddell,” Thrashers spokesman Rob Koch told the Free Press this morning, “which is ‘Completely false.’

Koch said it’s not the first time the Thrashers, who are mired in a legal dispute between their own owners, have been reported to be on the move and not the first time the team has had to deny it.


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