The NHL’s roster freeze comes into effect tonight, and CapFriendly is here to explain the finer details of the process. On Twitter, they released an easy to understand list of things teams can and cannot do. Basically, it comes down to teams unable to make any roster moves for the next week, but there are some exceptions.
Teams are actually able to send players back to the minor leagues if they were recalled after December 11th, or should a player come off long-term injured reserve and require a roster spot. Because of that, you may still see a bit of movement over the next few days, at least in terms of minor moves.
- The USA World Junior team has made one cut, releasing Cole Hults from the selection camp today. Hults, a Los Angeles Kings prospect and defenseman at Pennsylvania State University, is one of three expected cuts on defense for the club. As Mike Morreale of NHL.com reports, the team is expected to make further cuts on Wednesday.
- The Toronto Maple Leafs will celebrate 100 years of NHL hockey when they take on the Carolina Hurricanes this afternoon. On December 19th, 1917, the Montreal Wanderers beat the Toronto Arenas 10-9, while the Montreal Canadiens won over the Ottawa Senators 7-4. The Canadiens will also be in action, but are on the road in Vancouver for the historic date.
Happy Toronto Maple Leafs Day!