The rosters are definitely not up to date. Not to mention players like Yakupov, Granlund, Tarasenko who haven't played yet, but are going to be on their respective teams. It's very frustrating if we don't get updated rosters, but I don't think it's EAs fault, I think it has something to do with the NHLPA.
The roster was announced awhile ago, and everything is up to date. You won't be paying for last years roster.
This. There are already photos of Nash in Rangers blue and Suter in a Wild jersey. There are even videos of all the starting rosters out there to see for yourself. Sure they won't update rosters if theres a lockout because no players will be moved during a lockout. Now if the lockout lasts all season players might play in the KHL or another league but would you really want a roster update to have star NHL players on Euro clubs?
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Just as an FYI, the rosters on the early release basically have the first wave of FA signings, but are missing other things. For example, Suter and Parise are on Minny, but more recent moves have not been updated.
Also, many contracts that were extended have not been entered (simmonds is still an impending FA for Philly, for example). But for the most part, the rosters are pretty well updated. My guess is they will do an update before the actual release to fix any outstanding issues.
But I doubt they had any problems with the roster this year because of the labor stuff. Technically, the current CBA doesn't expire until 9/15, so until then, it's business as usual as far as EA is concerned.
I got the early release and nash isnt even on the rangers j.t brown who played 10 games with the bolts at the end of last season isnt in the game neither are the new rookies suter and parise r on the wild though they will probably have a roster update the day be4 the lockout for the current teams then we probably wont see more till the season begins