SEVERAL Sheffield Steelers players will be playing - or watching - their last ever League games at the club this weekend.
Ryan Finnerty is hanging up his boots to concentrate on coaching so, if he picks himself, will be saying his regular season goodbye against Edinburgh Capitals (Saturday) and Braehead Clan (Sunday).
As soon as League/Play-off action is over, Finnerty will decide who will be joining the favoured few, those who are guaranteed returnees, the likes of Jeff Legue, John DeCaro and the British contingent.
You don’t have to be a genius to work out that Neil Clark, out of favour for much of the season, will be first to go. Offensively, in general, Finnerty is concerned about a lack of goal power, so other forwards will be seeking alternative employment.
Another import, Nick Duff was brought in to shore up a leaky defence in January- yet he too has had to sit out eight games...so he has a difficult case to argue if he wants to remain for another season.
The re-hiring and firing situation is the one that features at every club at the end of every season, whether or not you have just lost the championship, as Sheffield have, to Belfast Giants.
But this weekend’s games are a final League opportunity for some to re-state their case for a contract in Sheffield or elsewhere.
No employer will be interested in a player coasting away with the Play-offs just round the corner.