Chad Langlais and his Sheffield coach Doug Christiansen may well to have to admit soon that they left a team which then went on to become league champions.
But the mobile defenceman is promising that his current team will do everything they can to cut the 17 points margin between Steelers and runaway leaders Belfast Giants.
Langlais played 13 times for Giants last season, averaging a point a game. He then followed Christiansen to South Yorkshire, hoping to win the Elite League here.
While that seems now unlikely, the team has shown it can turn it on - they put five past Nottingham last Saturday and are now second in the table. Speaking on video at thestar.co.uk, Langlais said of Belfast: “They are a good team and they are consistent. That is where we lost out on them, consistency. We had a few periods where we have outplayed them, we know we can beat them, but it is just consistency.”
He said the lessening of expectations may have taken some of the pressure off the club. But he insisted: “we are not going to slow down because we are 17 points down.”
In the team’s way tomorrow night, are Edinburgh Capitals, who visit iceSheffield (7.30pm.)
It will be interesting to see if injury-victim Stefan Meyer returns and whether Max Larcoix will hold his position on a line with Jeff Legue and another former Belfast player, Rob Dowd.
“Edinburgh a good team” said Langlais, 27, from Washington, USA.
“Where they are in the standings does not reflect how good they are. They like to control the puck, so we need to be on top of our game.”