The Colorado Eagles have a new alternate sweater which was introduced to kick off their training camp. The new threads will be worn on 10 select occasions though the season starting with what been dubbed “Affiliation Night” on November 16th. The Eagles did not have an alternate sweater last season but had hints toward their Colorado Avalanche partner club with similar striping and fonts but now have a full blown burgundy and blue version which leaves no doubt on the association between the two clubs.
In other Colorado Eagles news they kicked off training camp yesterday with a select roster of early cuts from Avalanche training camp plus a group of AHL contracted players and invites. After a short camp they will head to San Jose for a pair of preseason games over the weekend before beginning the regular season at home on October 4th.
Finally the ECHL is working on cleaning up fighting in their league with a new rule change to limit excessive fighting majors which is still far too often a common occurrence.
ECHL Rule 23.7 has major changes for 2019-20:— ECHL Stats (@EchlStats) September 24, 2019
When players reach 10 fighting majors they are suspended for one game. Each subsequent fighting major will be a one game suspension. At 14 fighting majors the suspension becomes two games.
FYI, 18 players had 10+ fights in 2018-19.
Around the NHL
In league news the largest transaction of the day was the long rumored but finally completed Justin Faulk trade. After talks crumbled with the Anaheim Ducks a deal was finally completed with the St. Louis Blues including a seven-year extension for $6.5 million annually.
Who doesn’t love another top player ranking? Connor McDavid unsurprisingly takes the top spot on TSN’s list with Nathan MacKinnon slotted in at 4th. You won’t believe which missing Finn lands at 23rd.
Natural Hat Trick: McDavid leads Top 50 for 3rd straight year https://t.co/Kr44Jzk72G— Ryan Rishaug (@TSNRyanRishaug) September 24, 2019
Auston Matthews received a disturbing of the peace complaint in Scottsdale, Arizona and is due to appear in court on the matter.
Statement from TOR on Auston Matthews:— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) September 24, 2019
“The Toronto Maple Leafs are aware of the complaint of disturbing the peace against forward Auston Matthews. Auston is cooperating fully with relevant authorities but neither he nor the Club will comment any further..”
Early morning update:
One more RFA is off the market: