The trade deadline has officially passed with no announced moves by the Kings today. Not a surprise, really, given that the Kings fired their big bullet on Thursday when they got Jeff Carter. That trade held up as the biggest deal of trade-deadline season, as Rick Nash did not move from Columbus.
A couple deadline-related notes. As of right now, per league rules, all players on the Kings’ roster must stay on the roster until the end of the season. That’s good news for young players such as Slava Voynov, Dwight King and Jordan Nolan. Also, from now until the end of the season, teams are allowed to call up four players, who can move back and forth between the NHL and AHL. Teams are also now allowed to go over the 23-man roster limit, as long as they remain under the salary cap.
The other day, Darryl Sutter talked about how he thought, because of potential roster issues, teams should not play on trade-deadline day. The Kings, of course, play at Nashville tonight. After the morning skate, I asked Sutter if he was relieved that the deadline would apparently pass without any Kings-related drama…
SUTTER: “Quite honestly, it almost gets to be a pain in the (butt). It’s like I was telling the guys, anything can happen, that’s true, but most of it is, pardon my language, [B.S.]. It’s borderline respectful to players, what some people in the media say. Now you have everything that you have access to. There’s very little work done on it, because it’s just rumors. It starts with a lie — they say a source — and that’s what makes me mad. It’s disrespectful to the players. It’s part of the business, I understand that. There’s a lot of people that pretend to be friendly to the players, and they basically… I don’t like it.’’