Sheffield Steelers’ modest 2-0 win over bottom club Edinburgh Capitals was overtaken in significance by the likelihood of a change in player personnel last night.
We revealed on thestar.co.uk that forward Rob Sirianni was wanted by a European team with a bigger budget - and he wants to go.
I believe he has a clause in his contract which would mean any interested party - maybe his old club Val Pusteria - would have to pay Sheffield a fee.
Owner Tony Smith won’t have been slow to send the other club his organisation’s bank details. I also understand that the Italian international’s team-mate and friend Nate DiCassmiro has also been offered a contract, possibly at the same club.
But Steelers, who are looking at a potential replacement for consistent point scorer Sirianni, (12 pts in the last seven games) won’t let DiCassmiro leave.
Last night DiCassmiro was among several forwards who peppered Capitals’ goalie Tomas Hiadlovsky with shots.
They couldn’t find a way past the Slovakian in the first period, despite the pressure.
Capitals thrive on soaking up pressure and counter-attacking, and a slip-up by Chad Langlais almost let in Curtis Leinweber.
Neil Hay suffered an injury on the boards on 23 minutes for the Scots. Yet despite their problems - and having to expend energy on four penalty kills - they reached the half way point without conceding to a four-line team hungry for at least second-place in the table and a decent play- 0ff berth.
Ironically, they could have done with Sirianni. And even more ironically it was on Steelers’ first penalty kill of the night that Steve Goertzen countered, picking out DiCassmiro to open the scoring, at 38:13. Tim Spencer’s influence on the game was increasing and he added a second (PP) at 46:29.
Steelers are now 15 points behind leaders Belfast .
Not a memorable match: but at least a shut-out for goaltender Frank Doyle.