Steelers coach Gerad Adams says he is intensifying the search for a new player - but won’t bring in just an ‘ordinary’ import out of respect for the talent he already has.
Sheffield, who last night chalked up an efficient 4-2 win at Coventry Blaze, have now won their last four games.
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But Adams still wants to replace the departed forward Jay Latuilppe and last week went after Canadian left wing Ryan Kinasewich, who instead opted for a club in eastern Europe.
Adams told The Star last night: “We were very keen on Ryan. We are looking for the best available player right now and we are stretching out to as many people as we can.
“We want somebody who will make an impact, whether it is scoring goals, whether it’s checking or a strong defensive player.
“We want somebody who can really contribute to our line up.
“I think just to bring somebody in just for the sake of it is a waste of finance and a waste of team morale and that is not what we are all about.
“Our dressing room is deep enough. We have got guys coming back from injury now where we have enough cover, we have (two way player) Luke Ferrara who will come up for us as well so to bring in some’ average Joe’ in to that dressing room is not fair on the players.”
Adams, though, added there was an urgency in terms of responding to any quality player that might become available.
“We want a player in as of today as of yesterday. But again, it’s finding the right person who will give us something.”
Coventry had lost at Edinburgh Capitals on Saturday and were on a four-game losing streak before last night’s face off.
While Sheffield have beaten them three times this season, Blaze hammered Adams’ men 6-2 at the SkyDome on November 29.
But it was Steelers who took the lead. Their second line has been great to watch recently and the goal was in that bracket - Tyler Mosienko slipping away from Mike Egener to score past Brian Stewart, on the Power Play at 6;54.
It was a just reward for absorbing early pressure and then dictating the play.
Blaze, who parted company with ex Steeler Marc Lefevbre recently as coach, were not playing without belief - until they regrouped in the first interval.
Then it started off as a different story with ex- Steelers’ skipper Steve Goertzen helping himself to a lively puck at 22;24 and then Coventry’s leading scorer Ryan O’Marra finding plenty of room to make it 2-1 for the Midlanders at 31;46. It should have been three when Ben Arnt boobed with the goal at his mercy.
But when the next goal came it was a Sheffield one, Rob Dowd scoring in a move featuring Mike Forney at 33;49. Blaze promptly wilted and Forney assisted again, Rod Sarich’s tip making it 3-2 for Sheffield at 35;04. Forney himself made it three goals in less than three devastating minutes on the Power Play at 36:14.
Steelers resisted a late push from Blaze - and Adams will be pleased with how things are shaping up - with or without a new import.