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NHL Holiday Roster Freeze officially goes into effect tonight

Will a team do a last-minute trade before midnight?!

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The holiday season is upon us, but most importantly for hockey fans, it means the NHL’s annual holiday roster freeze is here. On Dec. 19 at 11:59 p.m. ET, the NHL will officially “freeze” rosters until 12:01 a.m. on Dec. 28, marking an eight-day span.

This week-long roster freeze is a system built into the NHL’s collective bargaining agreement. 

During the eight-day span, no NHL team can trade or move a player in an agreement that requires waivers. CapFriendly explains it brilliantly on social media:

We will see if a team decides to make a last-minutes roster change, or even a trade. 

Let's keep our eyes open today!