SHEFFIELD STEELERS: Ryan Finnerty keeps eye on NHL lock-out

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COACH Ryan Finnerty is keeping his eyes on the NHL lock-out, in case any rink-rusty stars are looking for action.

The dispute in north America’s stop strata is not a new phenomena and there have been occasions in the past where NHL stars have come to the UK to keep in shape. Others may seek games the AHL, which mean players in that programme may be forced into seeking employment overseas.

Finnerty said: “Players are beginning to move around, LA Kings center Anze Kopitar has just joined a second-tier Swedish team for instance. New Jersey Devils Ilya Kovalchuk is back in Russia. Whenever there’s a lock-out, players either head to the golf course or go to other clubs. We have a spare import slot, so we’ll see if anything crops up, but at the moment there’s nothing in the air.”

GB star Ashley Tait faces a big weekend for the club, who travel to Nottingham Panthers on Saturday and host Belfast Giants, on Sunday.

Tait is within one point of equalling the Elite League scoring record, held by ex Coventry team-mate Dan Carlson. Tait said: “It’s a big thing but I don’t want it to get in the way of the business of beating Nottingham and Belfast this weekend. If the points come great, if they don’t and we win I’ll be just as happy.”

Cory Pecker will skate for the first time today since resting a groin injury which kept him out of last Sunday’s match.