Two of the busiest days in the NHL are trade deadline day and the first day of free agency. Teams can shape or reshape their roster on both days and a lot of time and energy is put into covering the events that unfold. There is one big difference between the two though. There is defined end to Trade Deadline Day. At 3:00 pm Eastern Standard Time (OK sometimes closer to 5:00 pm as the deals tend to trickle out) the day is over and writers can turn off Twitter, finish up their stories and be assured their not going to miss anything.