NHL rosters are officially frozen for a few days. What can we take away from the New York Islanders roster now that it’s frozen?
It is now 3 PM ET. That means NHL rosters are now frozen until July 22. The New York Islanders can now only enter into a trade with the Seattle Kraken for expansion draft considerations. But otherwise, their roster is stuck for the next few days.
They can’t trade anyone away and they can’t waive anyone. The players they have now are the players they’ll keep through the expansion draft process.
The Islanders protected list is due to the NHL and NHLPA by 5 PM ET today where the league and union will review the lists to make sure they are compliant with the various expansion draft requirements.
The Kraken will get the lists tomorrow at 10 AM (even though they’re trying to get an early jump on things). The public will likely see these protected lists shortly afterward.
But now that the rosters are frozen as the expansion draft looms (July 21 is the date of the actual draft), what can we learn from the Islanders current roster? What does this mean for the expansion draft? Can we figure out anything from what Lou Lamoriello and the Isles did (or didn’t do) leading up to the roster freeze?