Another, potentially worrying/ potentially good, sign that there may not be good news when it comes to the new CBA.
"The NHL and the NHLPA have reached a settlement of their dispute over 2010-11 Hockey Related Revenue (HRR). The return of Escrow monies to the Players and Revenue Sharing payments to the Clubs were on hold while these matters were being resolved. The Players' Association and the League have also reached an agreement about how some of the disputed HRR issues will be addressed for this season (2011-12). The disbursement of Escrow and Revenue Sharing monies will occur in the coming weeks."
The cheques were delayed this year because of a dispute between the NHL and the NHL players association over what constitutes hockey-related revenue for the 2010-11 season under the collective bargaining agreement.
A recap of the Avs - Kings tilt.
Ten of Mueller's 51 NHL goals have been game-winners. He has a career-best 22 as a rookie in 2007-08 with Phoenix. ... The Avalanche are 6 for 46 on the power play over their last 17 games. They came in with a league-best 25.0 power play percentage on the road (17 for 68). ... D Jan Hejda was back in Colorado lineup after missing Wednesday's 4-3 overtime win at San Jose. He hit the left post with a 60-foot slap shot from the left point with 9:20 left in the first period.
Marc Savard is still battling the mental gremlins left over from those twin concussions that derailed his brilliant career with the Bruins. But his head is clear enough for him to realize that he’s very likely done playing hockey for a living.
"The way I’m still feeling, and the daily issues I’m having, it’s tough to see a bright future right now, to be honest with you," Savard said yesterday on his return to the TD Garden. "I still have my tough days that I want to get back and play, but at the end of the day, I know if I possibly got hit again, what could happen."
It was one year ago tomorrow that Savard played his last NHL game.
And, lastly, for those who liked and didn't like the camouflage jerseys.
Parting thought: The Colorado Avalanche will auction off their camouflage jerseys in honor of the U.S. military. The Avs are unbeaten in their camouflage jerseys because opponents cannot see them.