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Meet The New Guys 2023

Meet The New Guys 2023

Find out who landed where and what it means in our Meet The New Guys Issue. Inside, you'll see features on Connor Bedard, Erik Karlsson, P-L Dubois and many, many more. Plus, we look at the impact of the new Professional Women's Hockey League, and we remember Rodion Amirov, Rocky Wirtz and Brian O'Neill.

NHL

INTO THE BELLY OF THE BEAST

SO, YOU’RE SITTING IN your boat with your dad and your four-year-old son on Redstone Lake in Ontario’s cottage country. And you’re contemplating what a weird time it has been for you lately. A few months back, you lost the tip of your finger when a teammate’s point shot caught your hand, and it still hurts so much you can’t play guitar. But that doesn’t really matter – not when you have three kids under the age of five, and somebody is screaming or crying all the time anyway. Then, you get bought out of your NHL contract, and within hours of that, you’re the newest member of the Dallas Stars. You think about how chaotic life can be. Then, all of a sudden, your father gets a bite on his…

Pierre-Luc Dubois

FREE TO BE ME

THERE PIERRE-LUC Dubois sits, overflowing with joy, in a crisp, white T-shirt, tattoos poking out. In fact, it seems it’s about all he can do to stifle a full, toothy and goofy grin, one seemingly teeming with equal parts overwhelmed excitement and relief, as he speaks about what his first handful of days as a member of the Los Angeles Kings have been like. The relief bit stems from navigating his tricky relocation from the Winnipeg Jets, an arduous process that culminated with Dubois slapping his signature on an eight-year, $68-million contract extension and being shipped off to La La Land. As for the excitement, well, beyond moving from the Canadian Prairies to sunny Southern California and a team in transition to one on the upswing, there are at least…

NHL

MEET THE NEW GUY: CENTRAL DIVISION

Most of Arizona’s excitement surrounds the arrival of Logan Cooley, one of the NHL’s top prospects, but no one has as much potential to change the Coyotes’ immediate fortunes as JASON ZUCKER. After two difficult years in Pittsburgh, the 31-year-old produced the second-best goal total of his career in 2022-23, potting 27 in 78 games, and his 24 goals at 5-on-5 were tied for 14th-most in the league. He’ll boost Arizona’s attack, which was the sixth-lowest scoring offense in 2022-23 with only 225 goals. Blackhawks GM Kyle Davidson knew that with the already outsized expectations heaped upon Connor Bedard, Chicago had to ease the offensive burden and allow the kid to actually get settled. Enter TAYLOR HALL, acquired along with Nick Foligno from Boston on the cheap. The 2010 draft’s No.…

In Memoriam

GENTLE BUT STERN

DURING HIS FIRST NINE seasons in the NHL playing for Montreal, Chris Nilan got to know Brian O’Neill quite well. “He suspended me a few times,” recalled Nilan about O’Neill, the former executive vice-president of the NHL who died July 21 at 94. “The big one was the Middleton thing.” During the Canadiens’ third game of 1985-86 at Boston Garden – a 7-2 loss to the Bruins – Nilan was given a 10-minute attempt-to-injure penalty and a game misconduct after appearing to butt-end the Bruins’ Rick Middleton in the mouth. O’Neill suspended Nilan for eight games. “I think he was fair to me, but I think the Middleton thing was a little excessive because I know I didn’t butt-end him, I hit him with my glove,” Nilan said. “But it looks…