FIFE Flyers are closing in on three more import signings as the clock counts down towards the new Elite League season.
The club this week snapped up experienced American netminder Kevin Regan and local forward Josh Scoon, but with just over a week until the pre-season warm-up matches against Dundee Stars, head coach Todd Dutiaume is still working on adding more faces to his line-up.
“We’re looking to add another couple of defenceman, and a forward,” Dutiaume told the Press.
“Time is of the essence with work permits, but there’s nobody worried about the situation within the camp.
“Looking at it on paper, myself and Danny Stewart are delighted with how the team is taking shape.
“We’ve upgraded in a lot of areas and we’re hoping to do some damage, not only in our division but the league as well.”
Imports are expected to start arriving in Kirkcaldy next week in the build-up to the Stars games, which precede the highly-anticipated league opener against Cardiff Devils at Fife Ice Arena on Saturday, September 7.
“The guys are excited to come over and have a good year with us,” Dutiuame said.
“We made a good jump last season from our first season in the Elite, and we’re hoping for a similar jump this season.
“Last year was a good year, but we want a great year, and be in the running to win something.
“We’ll see how the team gels when we get everyone here but they all seem like great guys.
“We’re hoping to have everyone over here in time for the Dundee games.”
The arrival of Regan (29) confirms there will be no return for netminder Bryan Pitton after negotations to bring back last season’s Player’s Player of the Year broke down.
Regan arrives with an impressive CV that includes 43 appearances in the AHL for Providence Bruins with save percentage of 93.7 per cent.
His experience also includes time in the ECHL and the Italian Elite A with Valpellice Bulldogs.
Dutiaume explained: “We are thrilled to be bringing in a netminder of Kevin’s calibre. There was a lot of work went on in background to make the signing.
“Finding a top netminder is a high priority for myself and Danny. Those guys are very visible on the ice and can be the difference between winning and losing.
“Bringing in a player of Kevin’s calibre and pedigree is a great acquisition for us. It really shores up the back end for us.”
Associate coach Danny Stewart added his delight at the signing, stating: “He has posted great numbers in the AHL and also from his college days, where he was also named a Hobey Baker finalist, which is an excellent achievement when you take in to account the fantastic level of the NCAA.”
Dutiaume is also looking for Scoon (21), to make a bigger impact on the side this season.
“Josh understands the game,” he said. “He gets in guys faces, goes to the net hard, and is an easy kid to coach.
“He was the odd man out at certain times last year because guys were playing well and it was hard to earn a spot.
“But he’s worked hard over the summer, and we’re expecting a little bit more out of Josh this season.
“We’re developing a kind of team that suits Josh’s game so hopefully he gets some confidence from that and benefits with some more ice time.”