Turns out Vladislav Tretiak was right after all.
Just days after Tretiak’s claims that the Olympic roster deadline would be moved from Dec. 31 were refuted, Pierre LeBrun is now reporting that the head of The Ice Hockey Federation of Russia was right and that the deadline will now become either Jan. 6 or 7.
Apparently pressure from several European countries, including Russia, led the NHL, the NHL Players’ Association, and the IIHF to make the change.
What does it mean? Well, bubble players will now have a few extra games to make an impression…and fans will have a few more days to speculate on who those final slots should go to.
Team USA already has plans in place to reveal its roster on Jan. 1 during the Winter Classic in Ann Arbor, MI, and given the high profile of that event, and the fact that NBC has a nice bit of broadcasting synergy in play between that game and the Winter Games, it was unlikely that would change. No other nation has confirmed when it will make its announcement, but most are expected to use the extra time to extend their evaluations.
UPDATE: USA Hockey has reaffirmed it will announce the full rosters for both the men’s and women’s teams at the Winger Classic.