Sheffield Steelers boss Ryan Finnerty wants next season’s team to be less reliant on playmaker Jeff Legue.
But don’t count on the diminutive Canadian being any less influential.
“Leggy just seems to get better and better each year,” says admiring team-mate Jason Hewitt.
“If last season wasn’t his best, then it must have been close (the 31-year-old Canadian scored 81 points in 54 league games.)
“In so many games, since he has been at Sheffield, we have just seen him take over. He never ceases to impress me with the way he makes the game look so easy and how smooth he is out there.”
Hewitt also expects veterans Ashley Tait and Rod Sarich - who had their share of injury problems last season - to come bouncing back for the 2012-3 season.
“Those two have nothing to prove to anyone, but you can bet they will both come back next season hungrier than ever,” he said.
“After what happened last year, we all will.”
Meanwhile Steelers new recruit Danny Meyers has given his support to his coach’s policy in terms of team toughness for next season.
Coventry Blaze are stocking up on strong-arm skaters, as are other rivals. “We all love having tough guys on the team,” said Meyers.
“It is always nice knowing they are there, however I agree with Finner that we must sign good players first and toughness second.
“We aren’t frightened of any player that has been signed elsewhere, the team that we have signed are strong and experienced enough to have seen tough guys come and go.
“There isn’t a chance in hell that the Steelers will ever play scared.
“I’ve been on teams with toughness that have ran guys like Jeff Legue into the middle of next week. Was he intimidated? Of course not, he got up and came back and hit you harder the next time.
“That’s real toughness and we already have a ton of that.
“You normally find that the fighting stops after October anyway – look at our conference and how tough it is going to be to win games – we will be too busy trying to collect points.
“I’m sure once September comes there will be some monster on our team but I’m more interested in the players who are going to help us win.”