Ice Hockey: Steelers set for new blood in title mission

STEELERS may be signing a new player to bolster their Elite League title chase.

Nobody is confirming it officially at the Sheffield club which trails three points in the wake of leaders Cardiff Devils.

But when The Star asked owner Paul Ragan if any changes to the squad were likely, he smiled and said: "I'd watch this space on that one."

While the guessing game of who may go will now start among fans, forward Jeff Legue says it feels like they have ALREADY signed two new players now Steve Munn and Jonathan Phillips are back from injury.

Legue believes it could be a defining advantage to have the d-man and winger back and fresh.

"Everybody can now go as hard as they want every shift whereas before we had two and a bit lines and were double shifting and it is hard to go 100 per cent when you are short-benched," he said.

"Getting those two back might be a turning point, especially at this time of the year when guys are worn out. To have them back is an extra bonus.

"Munner is hitting people, and that's what we have got to get back to.

"We have to let teams know we are going to be bumping them and they cannot hold on to the puck for long."

As for Munn's timing on body checks, which looks near perfect despite his injury absence, Legue said: "He gets them in the tracks and steers them wherever he wants them to go. He's great at that."

Legue is in his fourth year playing alongside Joey Talbot. Their understanding over the years has been uncanny.

Referring to their successes, he said: "It's a case of knowing how to get things done in this league and we've seemed to have got that down pretty good, I guess. It makes it easier when you play with someone so long. "

Legue said Steelers will be aware of Belfast Giants' potency tonight (home, 7pm).

"They have an offensive team; that's why we've been focusing on defensive play first. We have to get the puck deep because a turnover means we could end up with the puck in our net."

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