The NHL trade freeze (Dec.19-27) is now in place, and with Christmas fast approaching, the amount of notable NHL news and rumors will likely diminish this week.

Happy Holidays Thus, I’ll once again be taking some much-needed time off to spend with my family, who’ve been wonderful and understanding as I continue to live my dream as a freelance hockey scribe. Barring any dramatic NHL happenings, here’s what this week’s schedule will be:

December 21-23: Daily morning headline updates and (as applicable) trade and free-agent rumor updates as usual.

December 24-26: No updates during this period.

December 27: Return to regular daily updates.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who supported this site in 2015, especially those of you who clicked the ad links. Your support is what keeps Spector’s Hockey going, as well as ensures I don’t have to turn this into a pay site. My best wishes to all of you during this holiday season and into 2016.

Happy holidays, everyone!