Flyers closing in on new signing

Flyers player-coach Todd Dutiaume is caught with a punch in the face from Hull's Kurtis Dulle. Fife Flyers v Hull Stingrays - January 27, 2013. Pic: Steve Gunn, shotbyagunn photography
Flyers player-coach Todd Dutiaume is caught with a punch in the face from Hull's Kurtis Dulle. Fife Flyers v Hull Stingrays - January 27, 2013. Pic: Steve Gunn, shotbyagunn photography
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FIFE Flyers are closing in on a new import signing, the Press can reveal.

Club coach Todd Dutiaume was holding talks with a forward this week and he hopes to seal a deal quickly.

Flyers are desperate to add to their squad ahead of the February 14 transfer deadline following a spate of injuries to key players.

“We’ve been pushing incredibly hard for a guy to come in,” Dutiaume said. “It’s at the homework stage so hopefully we’ll have something to present to the directors in the next few days.

“When we get all our guys healthy - great - but as soon as we drop a major player or two it hurts us. We’re looking to add another forward who will put the puck in the net for us.”

Chris Wands looks set to join Steven McAlpine in being ruled out for the season.

The defenceman missed Sunday’s win over Hull with a hernia problem and initial tests have shown that he may require an operation.

Casey Haines has also missed the last four weeks with a broken foot and is unlikely to be rushed back this weekend.

“We’re dropping like flies right now,” Dutiaume added. “We’re already a shortened squad so injuries affect us quite a bit.

“It doesn’t look like Casey will play this weekend but he had a decent skate on Tuesday night.”

Flyers away form remains a number one concern with the team yet to claim a point outside Scotland this season.

“It’s tough to decipher,” Dutiaume said. “If we knew what the problem was we’d have it fixed. We talk about it and the guys nod their head in the right places and say the right things.

“If we want to make the play-offs and move up the standings we have to start showing up on the road.”

Flyers face two Gardiner Conference rivals this weekend, Edinburgh Capitals at home on Saturday, and Dundee away on Sunday.

Dutiaume added: “You can just about jump from first to last place in our division right now.

“Nobody’s play-off spot is safe. If a team goes on a bad run, or has bad fortune, you can see the play-off spot slip away.

“If we’re going to be in dogfight with Edinburgh for that last play-off spot we have to beat them, that’s an asbolute must, especially at home.

“This has to be a launchpad weekend for us and guys have to show up and do the business.”

MATTHEW ELDER

Twitter: @mattelder_ffp