Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 02/27/06 at 11:27 AM ET
After midnight tonight, general managers have until March 9 at 3 p.m. EST to put the final stamps on their clubs for the 2005-06 season, and many won't know which way to go until later next week, thanks to some tight playoff races. The salary cap will put handcuffs on some teams but that doesn't mean trades will not happen. Still, clubs that have little breathing room under the cap will have no choice but to deal players off their roster rather than picks or prospects. Also, with the deadline two weeks earlier than it has been in the past, NHL players will get paid three times afterward. Some teams will be discouraged from going the rent-a-player route, and some will think they're still in playoff contention, so they won't rip up what they have.more
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