Flyers coach gets go-ahead for new signings

Fife Flyers v Hull Stingrays'October 29 2011
Fife Flyers v Hull Stingrays'October 29 2011
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Fife Flyers’ player-coach Todd Dutiaume has been given the go-ahead to bolster his struggling team.

Dutiaume feels he needs two more star imports to be able to compete with Elite League clubs – and he has been backed by club directors.

The coach is now on the trail of a defenceman to help shore things up, while another forward could also be on his way to Kirkcaldy.

“The good news is reinforcements are on their way, the bad news is nobody will be arriving for this weekend,” Dutiaume said.

“I’m actively seeking a defenceman – and hope to employ someone soon.

“The players have done a great job so far with what’s been an almost impossible task.

“Never before has a team in this league started off with the level of imports we have.

“We’ve gone through our growing pains and acknowledged that we need to bolster our core of imports.

“My main priority is a D-man, but if I bring in a second player it could be a forward.”

Flyers have struggled without their full quota of imports, falling four points adrift at the foot of the EIHL table.

However, Dutiaume maintains hope that his team can still become the top club in Scotland by the end of the season.

“For me to dismiss our goals at start of November would be ludicrous,” he said. “Teams always run into money problems in this league – and that won’t be us.

“Also, most teams have no room for improvement. What we’ve seen is what we’ll get from them, whereas for us, there’s huge margin for improvement.

“We’re actively seeking players and that is going to bring this club up a level.”

Flyers face Dundee Stars at home this Saturday in a Challenge Cup match before travelling south to face Nottingham Panthers on league duty on Sunday. Dutiaume wants a positive result from both games.

He said: “The aim is to perform really well against Dundee on Saturday and get a positive result.

“We need a win at home for the fans, and it would be great for our morale. Going down to Nottingham we know what we’re up against.

“They’ve got some of the league’s top scorers and come at you in waves. We will be a bit more cautious, sit back and not expose ourselves too much, and try to grind out a dirty road result.”

Toms Hartmanis has recovered from the eye injury picked up against Hull but Willie Nicolson is sidelined with concussion and neck pain after being hopitalised by a body check into the boards in the same match.