The NHL roster freeze is officially lifted Thursday morning at 12:01 AM. What does it mean for the New Jersey Devils? Well, nothing right now, but that doesn’t mean it can’t soon.
The Devils lost three straight games before getting back into the win column on Saturday. It felt as though during that three-game skid that if the roster freeze hadn’t been in place, it wouldn’t have been a surprise to see general manager Tom Fitzgerald pull the trigger on an upgrade. We’ll see how much longer Fitzgerlad waits with the Devils still on the outside of playoff position looking in.
Elsewhere, similar to New Jersey, how long will Pittsburgh wait to see if they’re buyers or sellers? Is there another center option for Boston on the trade market? Plus, Detroit’s captain predicted the future a few months back.
Let’s do that hockey.
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National Hockey Now
Pittsburgh Hockey Now: The Penguins sit four points outside of playoff position. What’s the right timeline for President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Kyle Dubas to decide whether Pittsburgh buys or sells?
Boston Hockey Now: The Bruins are certainly in need of a center. With the NHL roster freeze lifted, is Blackhawks center Tyler Johnson an option for Boston?
Detroit Red Wings
Detroit Hockey Now: Dylan Larkin predicted that when Detroit visited Sweden as part of the NHL’s Global Series, the Red Wings would pay the price for it later on. Turns out, he was right.
Philly Hockey Now: Fans of the Flyers received some potentially devastating news regarding Matvei Michkov as a proposed set of rules attempts to retain the KHL’s young stars.
Montreal Hockey Now: Canadiens prospect Filip Mesar got off to a great start to the tournament as Slovakia faced Czechia on Tuesday.