The 2014 NHL trade deadline isn’t until March 5th, but unlike other leagues around professional sports, the NHL doesn’t wait around to make their trades at the last second. As Jason Brough points out, the 2012 season saw trades go down well before the deadline and we could have that happen again.
With the Olympics scheduled to start in a few weeks, the unofficial trade deadline for the NHL is February 7th. That’s the last day that teams can make trades before the NHL freezes the trade wire for the duration of the Olympic games.
While there doesn’t seem to be hardly any trade activity at the moment in hockey, Carolina Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford spoke with ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun and stated he thinks that if a trade is going to happen, it’s going to happen before the Olympics.
“If they can do it, most teams would like to [make their move before the Olympic break],”
The lack of activity at the moment in the rumor mill seems to say otherwise, but it would make sense for teams to get a transaction done before the Olympics, since the push for the postseason officially begins after the medals have been handed out and the puck drops on the second half of the season.
Trades can happen after the Sochi Games as well, but if any happen at all, Rutherford might be right in assuming they’ll take place before the break.