The Olympic break roster freeze may prevent any of the 30 NHL clubs from making trades but teams can still make moves within their own organization. Case in point: Colin Fraser, who was placed on waivers by the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday as reported by CBC's Elliotte Friedman.
While some fans may think they've seen the last of Colin Fraser in a Los Angeles uniform, the move could simply mean more playing time for Fraser. Since he's now been put on waivers, Fraser can be sent to the minors where he will get a chance to play with the Kings' AHL affiliate, the Manchester Monarchs. In normal circumstances, this would not be good news for someone who has spent the last few years with the big club. But, unlike the NHL, the AHL is still in business during the Sochi Games and Fraser will hope to take as much advantage of the opportunity as he can.
Like many other clubs, the Kings are close to the cap ceiling. Despite being off for the Olympics, players still collect paychecks from their respective teams. If Colin Fraser is in the minors, the Kings can save some money heading into the March 5 Trade Deadline.
We may not have seen Colin Fraser play his final game in a Kings uniform but because he is an unrestricted free agent this summer, that might not be far off.
Fraser, who is a cap hit of $825,000, has spent half of the season thus far in the press box as a healthy scratch. In 33 games this season, the 29-year-old has collected two assists with a -4 rating.
Whether this move is a precursor of what's to come remains to be seen. We'll have to see how things unfold once the NHL resumes its schedule at month's end.