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NHL under ‘roster freeze’ until Dec. 27

Dec 20, 2011, 12:38 AM EDT


The holiday season brings one bummer for imaginative fans: their hypothetical trade ideas cannot (even potentially) become a reality until midnight on Dec. 27. The NHL is currently in a “roster freeze” period which means that teams aren’t allowed to make trades or waiver moves during this time.

It’s a nice thing that fringe players cannot utter the Step Brothers line: “You know what I got for Christmas? A crushed soul.”

Those worried about injuries can relax, though, as teams are allowed to recall minor league players on an “emergency basis.”

(H/T to Kukla’s Korner for the reminder.)

  1. andyreidisfat - Dec 20, 2011 at 2:50 AM

    Is it me or is this dumbest rule in sport, well except all the rules of the nba, but that’s so dumb it shouldn’t count

    • merchaholic - Dec 20, 2011 at 9:16 AM

      Not really, I’m guessing it’s so players don’t have to worry about moving during Christmas lol.

    • hystoracle - Dec 20, 2011 at 9:32 AM

      Torn.. Want to give you a thumbs down for calling the roster freeze the dumbest rule in sports. But a thumbs up for the NBA slam.. In the spirit of the season, I will respectfully disagree with your NHL take and give you a thumbs up on the NBA slam. :)

  2. bcjim - Dec 20, 2011 at 8:16 AM

    I dont see the problem. The league office probably shuts it down for a few days. Nobody in the office to process these things means no trades.

  3. bcjim - Dec 20, 2011 at 8:17 AM

    I wish they would play a couple of Xmas day games though.

    • taytay099 - Dec 20, 2011 at 9:06 PM

      I agree. Love that the NBA does it, but I’d prefer to watch a couple of hockey games.

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