By Mike Harrington
We've hit 3 p.m. Eastern time on Feb. 7. The Olympic flame is lit in Sochi and the NHL roster freeze has gone into effect with basically no moves of any consequence taking place.
The Sabres tweeted the above picture to announce the freeze and essentially confirm that the likes of Ryan Miller, Steve Ott, Matt Moulson and Henrik Tallinder will remain on the roster through the Games. It's the same elsewhere: Old friend Thomas Vanek remains an Islander and Ryan Callahan remains a Ranger.
The lack of activity was completely foreshadowed by new Sabres GM Tim Murray in an interview yesterday in Ottawa and by many other NHL executives. No reason to pay somebody over the Olympic break to not play for their new team.
In case you missed it earlier today, the Sabres put Linus Omark on waivers and sent Chad Ruhwedel and Phil Varone back to Rochester so they could play in the Amerks' six games during the NHL's Olympic break.
Rosters are now frozen until 11:59 p.m. on Feb. 23, which is the day the gold medal game will be played in Sochi. Teams cannot return to practice until Feb. 19. The Sabres play the league's first game after the break, the Feb. 25 makeup game with Carolina.
Be sure to read Sunday's editions of The News, as John Vogl and I will have dueling columns on the status of Miller: Should he stay or should he go?
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