Kevin SchultzEach December, the NHL institutes a holiday roster freeze for the entire league. It’s basically assuring the players that no one will get unexpectedly traded across the continent while enjoying a holiday meal. The freeze kicked in at midnight on the 19th and runs through midnight on the 27th.
During this time teams aren’t allowed to make trades or make waiver moves. That means you can put down the pad of paper you had furiously written Islanders trade scenarios on for one week. Emergency recalls are permitted though, so if injuries become a factor a team won’t have to skate with three defensemen or something like that.
Here’s the full language of the rule, if you’re interested.
The Islanders have a sort of schedule freeze of their own. After playing tonight at the Garden, they have two more games Saturday and Monday before four days off. Aside from the Olympic break, that ties for their longest break of the whole season. There’s also another four-day break in March. But please, try not to kill each other on Twitter during the break.
One quick aside, thanks for all your question submissions over the last 24 hours. We got over 100 replies and will sort through them over the weekend and answer as many as possible next week.
Looks like the Islanders will draw the 59 and a half million dollar man tonight…
The Wall Street Journal weighs in on the Islanders struggles, and takes the Twitter/fan angle to start:
And some thoughts from Tavares trying to build on small successes:
Tavares was visibly upset with how Tuesday’s game ended, but he’had cooled by Thursday. He said his job as captain is to prevent negativity from seeping into the dressing room, and, so far, he appears to be succeeding.
“It seems like we have to play a perfect game sometimes, but that’s how things are going,” Tavares said.
“I feel I’ve been playing well. I’ve just got to keep playing the way I’ve been playing and working as hard as I can.”
Matt Donovan’s been in Bridgeport for 10 games now and is doing quite well, which is what you certainly want to see out of the kid. He’s already fifth on the team in scoring, with 10 points (2G-8A) in 10 games. He’s also +6 and is averaging 2.4 shots per game.
All of that is good news, so hopefully he gets another chance on the Island. Due to the roster freeze he’ll have to wait at least another week plus.
ALSO: LHH is having technical difficulties but when they come back you can check out their research on the Islanders’ 1979 Holiday Album. Yep, that was a thing…
And your moment of zen, via Claude Giroux and SB Nation.