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Commissioner Gary Bettman has reportedly sent a warning to all NHL teams


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Samer Dagher
June 15, 2024  (6:21 PM)
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With Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final tonight, it seems the NHL has instructed teams to hold off on any roster moves until the Final is over. This isn't surprising, as the league wants all attention on the Cup Final.

The off-season has been relatively quiet for most NHL teams, and the reason is clear. According to an X user connected to the Ottawa Senators, the NHL has advised teams not to announce trades or roster changes until after the Stanley Cup Final. This aligns with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman's wishes.
If the season ends tonight there is a chance we see a flood of moves by Monday. The league has gently nudged teams to let the Stanley Cup finish before they make any moves. While not enforceable the league has offered a suggestion to let the Cup be handed out without distraction.

If the season ends tonight, we might see a flurry of moves by Monday. The league has suggested that teams should wait until the Cup is awarded to avoid distractions. While this isn't enforceable, NHL teams typically follow Bettman's guidance as long as he continues to generate revenue for them.
The X user suggests that the NHL wants to avoid distractions during the Cup Final, even though it isn't an official rule. If the Stanley Cup is awarded tonight, we could see a surge of activity by Monday morning, highlighting Bettman's intentions.
While it's understandable that the NHL wants to focus on the Cup Final, expecting other teams to halt their off-season activities entirely seems impractical. This is another example of Gary Bettman exerting control over how and when teams can conduct business. This situation is unlikely to change until Bettman steps down as NHL commissioner.
Source: bladeofsteel
NHL reportedly telling teams not to make trades or roster moves
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