|(Credit: Andy Nietupski/Texas Stars)|
The AHL trade deadline is exactly seven days after the NHL deadline, March 4th at 2 PM Central. Players on AHL contracts can be traded inside the AHL. Players on NHL contracts can be reassigned by their NHL team to another AHL team and play there for the remainder of the season and the playoffs. This is how Kevin Henderson won the Cup with Texas while on contract to Nashville. All moving and shaking must be done by the deadline on March 4th regardless.
Another bit of logistics is the eligibility for the remainder of the season. To be eligible for the rest of the AHL season, players must have been on an AHL roster at 2 PM CT today. Many teams send players down in paper transactions and then immediately recall them to make them eligible.
Today, the Dallas Stars did not 'paper' Roope Hintz to the AHL, which means he cannot play for Texas for the rest of the season. He is a Dallas Star now.