A new generation of young Sanuk skates, shoes and boots is about to arrive on the NHL roster, with the New York Rangers set to announce the first-ever “New Era” of Sanuk.
The NHL and Sanuk announced on Thursday the first four players will be added to the team’s official NHL roster.
They will be the latest additions to a Sanuk family that includes skaters Kevin Connauton, Ryan Suter and Nicklas Backstrom, and a handful of goaltenders including Joe Cannata, Jordan Staal and John Gibson.
The Rangers and the Sanuk’s have been at odds since the end of the 2016-17 season, with both sides claiming to be in the middle of a rebuild, but the team has remained committed to building on a foundation of good relationships and trust.
The Sanuk brothers have had a positive impact on the Rangers organization through the years, having helped bring the club into the league, but there has been some tension in recent years.
The Sanuks were fined $1 million for tampering last season after they claimed a former team executive was working for them and not Rangers.
The organization has maintained that the accusation was false.
In 2018, the Sanukes also allegedly tried to gain leverage over an agreement between the Rangers and Minnesota Wild to acquire a first-round draft pick in 2019.
That deal ultimately fell apart after the Sanuks were caught trying to get the deal done before the draft, which led to a trade with the Philadelphia Flyers.
The first wave of Sanuuk players arrived on the roster on Wednesday, including defenseman Nicklas Sandals, who has been on the ice with the Rangers for the last seven games.
The 26-year-old has registered two assists, one penalty, one assist-to-point ratio and an 80.8 Corsi rating.
Sandals will be joining his brother Ryan, who was signed by the team on Dec. 15, and forward Josh Gorges, who is on the team for the first time.
Both will have their playing time limited to 30 minutes each.
The other additions on the new roster include forwards Josh Anderson and David Backes, defensemen Chris Summers and Chris Bigras, and goalie Andrew Miller.
The team is still looking for a backup goaltender.
The players will play a total of 13 games on the regular season and eight playoff games.