At 3 pm EST on Friday, Feb. 12, the NHL is imposing a roster freeze that will last the duration of the Olympics. Because the Olympic roster freeze expires on Feb. 28 and the league’s final trade deadline is March 3, there could be a lot of action taking place on Friday.
As trades are made and players are placed on waivers, we’ll keep you updated here.
Florida Panthers GM Randy Sexton has been pretty vocal with his feelings regarding the play of his team, and has already started shaking things up. Before Thursday night’s games, the Panthers traded C Dominic Moore, 28, to the Montreal Canadiens for a 2011 second round draft pick. UPDATE: Reports on Friday morning are that the Panthers cancelled their scheduled practice, and that Sexton has sent a letter to season ticket holders telling them to “expect major changes.” Stay tuned!
Carolina Hurricanes have traded center Matt Cullen to the Ottawa Senators for defenseman Alexandre Picard and a 2010 second round draft pick. Cullen, 33, has 40 points (12 G, 28 A) in 60 games this season. Picard, 24, has 15 points (4 G, 11 A) in 45 games this year.
The Detroit Red Wings are expected to make a roster move to make room under the cap for defenseman Andeas Lilja. TSN’s Bob MacKenzie is reporting that the Red Wings will place forward Brad May on waivers to make space. May, 38, was signed by Detroit on Oct. 8 to cover for the mounting injury absences, and has just one point, an assist, in 40 games.
Also, the Calgary Flames have placed C Jamie Lundmark on waivers. Lundmark, 29, has 9 points (4 G, 5 A) in 21 games so far this year. UPDATE: Lundmark was claimed on Saturday morning by the Toronto Maple Leafs.