ZURICH - The roster deadline for the 2014 Sochi Olympics has been pushed back to Jan. 7, the International Ice Hockey Federation announced.
Originally, national federations had until Dec. 31 to submit 25-man rosters for the tournament, which begins Feb. 12. Russia and other European countries were lobbying for a later date and got their wish.
Now teams have until noon Eastern on Jan. 7 to make their rosters official. That's a little extra time to take injuries into account, like Canada with Steven Stamkos's broken tibia.
NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said in an email to The Canadian Press on Wednesday that the league and Players' Association were consulted before the change was made.
The IIHF said in a statement that Jan. 7 was picked so as not to conflict with the conclusion of the world junior hockey championship, which wraps up Jan. 5.