SHEFFIELD STEELERS: Smith offer to NHL man

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SHEFFIELD Steelers’ bean counters are working on a plan to bring in a former NHL forward - a signing that will turn heads across the Elite League.

Coach Ryan Finnerty has made some high profile signings this summer with the arrival of Cory Pecker, Colin Shields, James Jorgenson and Tylor Michel. However the potential new signing of a skater who has graced the world’s best league may well dwarf those.

Whilst hugely experienced playing in the NHL and American Hockey League the player is under 30, something that is drawing Finnerty towards signing the power winger. While the player in question has not been named, it’s thought he’s in the mould of 423-game NHL veteran Paul Kruse, who iced for Sheffield in the 2001-02 campaign.

Kruse was not a points-machine, he landed just 12+16- 28 points in 44 League games, before moving on to Belfast Giants. Negotiations have been on going for weeks with the north American and The Star understands that Finnerty met with owner Tony Smith earlier in the week to discuss the potential move. Steelers have a proud history of former NHL forwards including Ken Priestlay, Ed Courtenay, Ben Simon, Brad Lauer and Jason Lafreniere.

Smith is committed to improving the general entertainment factor at the Arena.