The effect that this year’s Olympics have had on the NHL’s schedule has been well-publicized, but one aspect that’s been largely overlooked is the roster freeze. Teams won’t be able to make any trades from Feb. 12 until Feb. 28, leaving a three-day window for teams to make deals before the March 3 trading deadline.
As a result, Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli foresees a number of deals getting done at the last minute.
“It’ll probably push all the deals to that final three days,” Chiarelli said to Kathryn Tappen and Barry Pederson on Bruins Face-Off Live. “There will be a lot of discussion during the Olympic break, and you may have deals done on a handshake and wait to [make them official]. But you’ll probably see more concentrated on the back end.”