If Gerad Adams becomes Sheffield Steelers’ coach this week, one of his first jobs may be to deal with the Nate DiCasmirro issue.
An Italian club has come back in again for the centreman, who missed a penalty shot in last night’s 3-1 home defeat to Nottingham Panthers.
Sheffield would only let him go if they could lay their hands on a scorer - a big ask with the season in its final throes.
Adams will have other issues, too. If he comes, he will take over a team that, arguably, was over-coached under Doug Christiansen, and last night played self-harming “run and gun” hockey.
But he will also have a big fan base on his side - last night attracted 6,316 fans.
Steelers have come off second best against Nottingham this year, including losing the last three games with them, two of them Challenge Cup semi finals.
Ironically, Steelers won the previous three and started the night four points ahead of them.
Sheffield took the lead when Rob Dowd tipped in Tim Spencer’s shot under Craig Kowalski.
The goal followed an outstanding shift from Jeff Legue, who had skated through the entire Panthers defence, forced a save and then set up a decent chance for Drew Fata.
Rob Farmer, who among other Panthers forwards had wasted his chances and mainly shot too high, fought his GB team-mate Jason Hewitt, the Steeler getting the final blows in.
But Panthers levelled when Lynn Loyns lashed a shot from the top of slot - you’d expect Frank Doyle to get those - but it flashed into the back of the net.
The visitors assumed control of the middle section of the game, scoring on 22 minutes. Steelers aren’t always aggressive enough around their net and they allowed Leigh Salters to score a wrap-around.
On the penalty kill, DiCasmirro was felled but on the resulting penalty shot, Kowalski glove saved superbly. Steelers were wasteful in possession, too many of their passes going astray.
They were incapable of concerted, directed attacks on Kowalski and suffered the indignity of an empty net goal in the last minute from Farmer.
*Neil Abel came out on top against his old boss, Ryan Finnerty, as Steelers won 6-3 at Braehead Clan on Saturday, their first away win in six attempts.
But once again, they had to overcome early adversity with Clan going two up in three minutes, via Matt Towe and Ed McGrane adding a second .
Chris Blight clawed Sheffield back before Rob Dowd got them on level terms.
Clan imposed themselves further, with former Colorado Eagles centre McGrane swooping for his second.
Steelers wrestled control of the game in the middle period.
Dowd scooped his second, as did Blight before Legue got in on the act to make it 5-3 at 38.21.
Gord Baldwin ended the game as a competition at 42.42.