Why Your Faves Are Safe This Holiday Season

Going on a holiday cruise? Visiting distant family, or just checking out to deal with those nearby? At least there’s one thing you don’t have to worry about for the next week: all your favorite players will be right where you left them when you get back.

Since the early 1990’s, the NHL has embraced a Holiday Roster Freeze, preventing players from being waived, traded, or loaned for a period around Christmas. Prior to this, it was possible for a player to get news of a trade over the holiday and have to pack up in the midst of family celebrations to report to his new team.

The freeze began this year at midnight on Dec 19th (teams had until 11:59 on Wednesday to complete trades or waive players) and will run through the holiday to Dec 27th. (This useful SportsNet key dates article is a good link to bookmark.)

In previous years, there has been a flurry of activity before the deadline, mostly with waiver-exempt players being assigned to their AHL teams, but also including the Dec 18th Jamie Oleksiak trade (2017, DAL->PIT).

However, as of this morning, Dec 20th, no news has broken of any trades that were completed prior to the deadline yesterday – so it looks like your faves will stay right where they are.

Keep your ear to the ground on Dec 27th though, when the roster freeze ends and trade activity kicks back up.

Calley M

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