Sheffield Steelers: Poker-faced Finnerty playing waiting game

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RYAN FINNERTY’S desk should be sponsored by a local casino.

Lying across its surface are the CVs of several potential-recruits, spread out like poker chips. But, there is a roulette wheel spinning as to which imports he will sign up to be new Sheffield Steelers.

Finnerty is still in discussion with Adam Henrich, the 6ft 4in Canadian wing who played in Italy last year. But Henrich is in demand so the coach continues to play the field to see who might fill his remaining two import forwards spots and the spare defensive position.

Finnerty is taken by a stay-at-home defenceman who has spent most of his career in the East Coast League and, now in his 30s, is looking to move to Europe. The Canadian has played for four different teams in the past five years.

Finnerty is also looking at a forward who has had a remarkable career in both the NHL and AHL and is similarly attracted to a move abroad.

“Henrich has options and while I’d like to tie things up now and get the visa paperwork done for those in the remaining spots, it’s not possible,” said Finnerty.

Some fans are nervous Sheffield haven’t signed an enforcer. But Finnerty said: “I don’t want a one-dimensional tough guy. If you put someone who couldn’t keep up with Jeff Legue and Tylor Michel then he could nullify the whole line.”