Ice Hockey: No rush for new blood after Steelers loss

BEN Simon is not going to rush into the ice hockey transfer market just because his team crashed to their title rivals earlier this week.

Sheffield Steelers' humiliating 7-1 loss to rampaging Cardiff Devils ignited a debate among some Arena fans about new blood being brought in.

Simon says he has faith in his "tight-knit" group of players.

But he also knows that part of his job is to keep an eye out for any possible bargain imports.

Ex-NHLer Craig Weller's arrival at Cardiff in November showed what can happen when a jigsaw is completed.

Simon told The Star: "As a coach, I am always looking to better this team and that is not just because we lost one game.

"We are seven wins and one loss in our last eight. I'm not going to hit the panic button, that's not the right way to do things, but if the right players are out there and available it is obviously something I have got to look at.

"Guys have battled all year, they have gone through a lot of things. We are a tight knit group of guys. We like each other and get along.

"For me to say after one big loss there are big changes ... no, it's not like that. We are going to learn from this and move on."

Simon says he is working on "correcting" some of the issues that emerged during the Devils' mauling.

"We have a lot to work on after that. We have to go back to simplifying the game. Against Cardiff, we complicated things and weren't hungry enough. It is a matter of getting back on the horse," said the American coach.

Regarding Latvian goaltender Ervins Mustukovs, who conceded seven goals on Wednesday, Simon said: "I don't think he had his best game. To a man, I don't think anyone had their best game.

"If you ask 18 skaters if they had their best game, they'd have to take a long look in the mirror before they say yes to that."

He added: "We want to win every game. But some nights it doesn't happen."

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