Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 12/19/07 at 09:52 PM ET
from Kevin Dupont at MSNBC,
The night of Dec. 18, a stroke before midnight, the NHL went into its traditional holiday roster freeze. Until the opening minute of Dec. 28, at 12:01 a.m., the entire league was issued a No Trade Clause. It happens every season, allowing players nine days not to worry about getting the telephone call that could tip their lives upside down when they’re only two bites into their holiday ham.
In the “old” NHL days, there was no bigger prospect of facing the buzzkill of, say, waking up on Christmas morn as a proud member of the Canadiens, and going to bed as a Winnipeg Jet. Boy, talk about indigestion. Not to mention wind chill.
Truth is, these days it seems the league’s roster freeze begins at the start of October and doesn’t thaw until what is now the end-of-February trading deadline (Feb. 26 this season).
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