SACKED Cory Pecker has delivered a stinging Facebook insult to Sheffield Steelers’ coaching staff.
The Canadian right wing was axed this week by coach Ryan Finnerty, who felt he had not measured up to what was expected of him.
Pecker, who has flown to Switzerland where he’d previously played, left after making a crack at Finnerty, bench coach Neil Abel and, presumably, player assistant coach Ashley Tait.
The Montreal-born forward posted: “I want to take a moment to thank (owner) Tony Smith and the rest of the Steelers organisation. Even though I wasn’t here long it was a pleasure to play for this organisation, things may have not worked on both sides but I am happy I made the decision to come here.
“It’s not what I was used to but I guess I should have expected it when nobody on the coaching staff played at a very high level...nonetheless this is a great group of guys and I wish this team and the city a lot of luck.”
Pecker was drafted by Calgary Flames in 1999, never making it into the NHL, but he did ice in more than 300 games in the AHL.
Finnerty never made the AHL in his playing days - but he can at least point out that he achieved considerably more in the humble British League than Pecker did. Pecker does not appear to have been offered a position with any other team in the UK league, and may, at 31, hang up his skates now.
Meanwhile, Sheffield are scanning the north American markets for a replacement.
With the NHL still in lock out, there are possibilities of emulating Nottingham Panthers, who have signed Carolina Hurricanes forward Anthony Stewart on a temporary contract. But their first choice would be a free-agent AHL winger, who would commit to the whole year at Sheffield.
One player that they are not fussed about is former Coventry Blaze forward Owen Fussey. The club has been linked with the four-game NHLer. But a source said: “If he is not good enough to have been retained by Coventry, he is not good enough for us.”