Summer is over! Sorry. But that means hockey is back! And we get to kick off this season with hopefully the silliest of Septembers in the PWHL. The six GMs of the league have been announced, and they're allowed to get to work sorting their rosters, starting with a free agency period where they can sign three skaters (or goalies).

We sans had a signing on the opening day of silly season, but here's hoping Saturday or Sunday provide a chance for scrutiny. We'll have full coverage of all Toronto [insert team name here] news, of course. We're all so excited for what this new league and season will bring. And we hope you are, too!

It’s Free Agent Day!
Today the six teams of the PWHL can begin naming players in free agency. This is all new to them – the GMs were just announced this morning and the draft lottery was today as well – and for us.
PWHL Draft Lottery
Toronto picks second overall.
Gina Kingsbury is the new Toronto GM
Toronto has their GM.
Danielle Marmer, Natalie Darwitz, Danièle Sauvageau, Pascal Daoust, Michael Hirshfeld, Gina Kingsbury to lead PWHL roster building TORONTO, ON (September 1, 2023) – The Professional Women’s Hockey League (PWHL) today announced the General Managers appointed to lead hockey operations for the league’…

And while it's all well-and-good to say Free Agency is open! It's important to know who the free agents are. My story on the potential first 18 (that ended up being 32) players is linked below, along with this story by Emily Sadler on where the biggest stars in the game could go.

PWHL Free Agency Primer: Where Poulin, Knight, Nurse could go and why
Projecting the first 18 PWHL players
Determining the first three PWHL players in Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, New York, Boston, and Minnesota.

Other teams exist, too, apparently. Here's some words on Montreal's GM and hwo things are shaping up in the nation's capital.

Danièle Sauvageau named GM of Montreal PWHL team
The long-time builder in women’s hockey will lead the new team.

One last thing to cover, the national teams are going to be under a new circumstance with the pro women's league shaping up. Gina Kingsbury, now GM of Toronto and former boss of the Canadian national team, said in her press conference that national teams are going to get less time with their players. Perhaps this becomes a best for all parties scenario as Hockey Canada and USA Hockey have sort of had to fill the void of club teams this whole time.

Now to the least interesting player of the month, Conor Timmins. Sorry, Conor.

2023 Top 25 Under 25: Conor Timmins is 5th
As the second oldest player eligible for this year’s T25U25, Timmins is in a weird spot to consider in our rankings. The Maple Leafs are familiar with highly regarded defense prospects struggling to find their footing in the NHL. So where does that leave Timmins?

Elias Lindholm is "willing to stay" in Calgary, which is music to the ears of that town.

The NHL wants to go more international after the success of their global series in traditional hockey countries, but then in Melbourne. Would've been cool if they went to some Olympics once in a while, though.

NHL considering more unique destinations after Global Series -- Melbourne
As the NHL continues its final preparations to bring teams to the Southern Hemisphere for the first time in September, it is already considering other unique international cities that could host preseason games in future seasons, NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said.