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Demystifying NHL Rules, Part, um, three? March 28, 2010

Posted by calvin in Uncategorized.
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I’m not sure where we are in our continuing saga of trying to figure out what the heck is going on with the NHL rule books. Today I thought I’d take a look at the special rules that come into play after the trade deadline.

“The 23-man roster limit is in place from the conclusion of the preseason until 12:01 am on the day of the NHL’s Trade Deadline. After that teams are allowed to have an unlimited active roster at the NHL level, provided players are signed to one of their 50 contract slots. NHL teams are only allowed to dress a maximum of 20 players – 18 skaters and two goaltenders – for any given game, but those 20 must come from the 23-player active roster.” Source: NHL Rulebook

However, there are only a certain number of roster MOVES a team can make between the trade deadline and the end of the season. I don’t know what that number is, but that’s why Tyler Ennis was classified as an “emergency call-up”. He has to be returned to the Pirates in a certain length of time or his call-up is considered a roster move. Again, I don’t know what this timeframe is.

You’re probably saying to yourself, “Well, that’s helpful… not.” I tried to find out how many roster moves can be made and how long it was before an emergency call-up is classified as a roster move, but I couldn’t find the information. If you know where to find it, let me know in the comments section and I’ll update the blog post.

So, in conclusion, the Sabres could conceivably have 50 players on the current roster from now on, but 1 – that would leave no one in Portland, and 2 – that’s an awful lot of guys using a folding chair as their locker. This lack of a roster limit does explain why minor-league players hang out with their NHL big brothers during the playoffs. If you’ve got the cap space and the roster space, why not have a few extra players sitting around just in case Pat Kaleta decides to break his hand on a guy’s face again or Paul Gaustad… well… breathes.

Well, that didn’t really demystify that rule, did it? Oh well, I tried.


1. Quisp - April 14, 2010

the recall limit is 4.

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