Flyers coach to push directors for new signing

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4011054 SSFF flyers belfast '- Fife Flyers against Belfast Giants at the Fife Ice Arena, Kirkcaldy
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FIFE Flyers coach Todd Dutiaume is hoping to make another big signing after admitting that his team is struggling to cope with the demands of the Elite League.

The Canadian player-boss has been left frustrated by his team’s poor results thus far and is now prepared to push directors for a new star import.

Dutiaume told SportsPress: “I don’t accept losing, I hope the directors don’t accept it, and I know the crowd won’t accept it.

“If we want to bring this club forward we’re going to have to consider the possibility of bringing in an extra guy.

Excitement

“It would add a bit of excitement and give the room a boost. Our level of play has to go up.

“If the right guy becomes available, I have to really push the directors hard to get him.”

While suffering heavy defeats at the hands of the big arena teams – Nottingham, Belfast, Coventry and Sheffield – Flyers have collected points against Edinburgh and Hull.

And that gives Dutiaume hope that his team can make its mark in the bottom half of the EIHL.

“I’m still fairly confident in our ability to perform in this league but our first five or six weeks have been incredibly difficult,” he said.

“We’ve came through a tough run against the top teams, now we’re coming into games with not so much travelling against teams closer to us in the table.

“This will give us a benchmark of where we are, rather than comparing ourselves against the likes of Nottingham and Belfast who are full of depth and talent.”

Flyers are nursing injuries to defenceman Tom Muir and netminder Garrett Zemlak, both of whom are doubtful for this weekend’s games.

Cardiff Devils visit Kirkcaldy on Elite League business on Saturday before Flyers travel to Murrayfield to play Edinburgh Capitals in the Challenge Cup on Sunday.

“Our guys are going to have to pick their socks up and start winning hockey games,” Dutiaume added.

“Our British guys have made a lot of progress, but they clearly aren’t up to scratch yet. They need to start playing like they are not over-awed by the situation.”

Flyers have decided not to sign defenceman Terry Watt after the Canadian offered his services, but failed to impress during a trial.

Dutiaume explained: “He’s not the answer.”