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Sochi Games should get trades rolling much sooner

Matt Moulson of the Buffalo Sabres celebrates his goal against the Calgary Flames at First Niagara...

Matt Moulson of the Buffalo Sabres celebrates his goal against the Calgary Flames at First Niagara Center December 14, 2013 in Buffalo. (Jen Fuller/Getty Images/AFP)

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:38 PM ET

The NHL trade deadline isn’t until March 5 at 3 p.m. EST, but the heat could be turned up on general manager’s to start dealing in the next month.

With the Olympic break set for Feb. 8 a roster freeze goes into effect until the end of the Sochi Games on Feb. 23. Even when the league does resume play on Feb. 26 there will only be a seven-day window to the deadline.

“The roster freeze will act as a deadline, especially for those teams that want to save a little bit of money,” said a league executive.



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