Sheffield Steelers’ boss Paul Thompson accepts he runs the risk of losing Josh Unice as he scours the market for a quality goaltender.
Thompson recognises the netminding signing will be the key one of the close-season - and he does not want to hurry the decision, even though teams like Edinburgh Capitals are keeping a close eye on the player.
“Josh Unice is stil part of my plans” he said. “It’s tough for Josh, because he is sitting there, waiting in the wings, waiting for me to offer him a contract. And I understand that must be frustrating. But right now I am not ready to commit on any goaltending situation until I have had a good look, I am going to be patient. That is one area I want to be 100 per cent sure I have got the right guy coming in.”
Thompson recognises Unice could make alternative arrangements. “When it comes to that crunch time when you have to make a decision you have to make one. You are forever throwing up five or six balls at one time.
“I am not worried, I have got some irons in the fire, I am talking to people, obviously Josh is in the picture, but you want to get the right guy.
“If you look in our Conference, for instance, the other teams have their goalie signed. So there is no competition from that point of view. I have got to play a smart game and get the right guy.”
Thompson would have signed ex Steeler Ervins Mustukovs, had he got the chance, admitting: “He is a better goalie now than when he left Sheffield.”