Sheffield Steelers sign ex Nottingham Panthers scorer

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Sheffield Steelers completed a surprise Elite League import swoop this afternoon as the club's injury toll started to cause concern.

The club signed Chris Lawrence, who had failed to make an impression for Coventry Blaze, and got released.

The former Nottingham Panthers man will play tomorrow at iceSheffield against Edinburgh Capitals.

He is on a short-term contract - but if he impresses he could stay.

Steelers were without GB winger Rob Dowd last weekend, but several other significant players are carrying injuries.

Coach Paul Thompson felt Lawrence's arrival will shield them from damage if he has to leave more players out.

"I have some injury concerns right now," said Thompson. “We have a run of games coming up and I need to make sure we have enough bodies available to keep on playing the way we have been recently.

"With Chris leaving Coventry last week the timing was right for me to make an initial short-term move. I say initial because you never know what’s around the corner. He wants to play and has some options ahead of him, however for the next few games he will be with us and we are grateful for that."

Lawrence was a nuisance against Steelers last season – he scored 25 goals and 63 points in just 61 games before moving to Blaze in the summer.