NHL Teams Most Likely to Make a Trade Before the Holiday Freeze

December 12th, 2016 by Lyle Richardson Leave a reply »
The NHL's annual holiday roster freeze begin at midnight Eastern time on Dec. 19, expiring at midnight ET on Dec. 27. No trades can be made during this period. For teams in need of some roster help, such as the Montreal Canadiens, they must act quickly to swing a deal before then. 

Some teams, such as the Canadiens, could seek short-term replacements for sidelined players. Others, such as the Boston Bruins, could be willing to move a player or two. Some, such as the Colorado Avalanche, could use a roster shake-up. 

In the salary-cap era, significant trades before the holiday trade freeze are rare. Still, a savvy general manager could surprise us with a substantial deal before Dec. 19. 

Here's a look at the NHL teams mostly likely to make a trade before the upcoming holiday roster freeze, based on the latest media speculation. Feel free to express your views on this subject in the comments section. 

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