FIFE Flyers insist they are not dragging their heels as the long wait for a new signing continues into December.
Player-coach Todd Dutiaume told SportsPress on Wednesday that contract talks are on-going with an unnamed North American defenceman.
He hopes a deal can be concluded in time to fly his man in for this Sunday’s match at home against Braehead Clan, which doubles up as both a Challenge Cup and Elite League fixture.
He said: “It’s in the hands of the directors and the player’s agent, and I’m just waiting to hear back.
“I don’t know how long it will take, but they are not dragging their feet.
“If we get this guy into a Flyers jersey he will be a good addition.
“He’ll definitely give us a spark and allow us to take minutes from some of our defencemen.
“A guy coming in is not going to automatically reverse the fortunes of this hockey club. We must also improve from within.
“But it will be a big relief for me, and a big boost for the fans, if we can get this guy in sooner rather than later.”
Weekend defeats to Edinbrugh and Cardiff took Flyers’ Elite League record to 18 defeats from 19 games, and the team now sits nine points adrift of the final play-off spot.
Dutiaume, however, has urged frustrated fans not to give up hope.
“There’s a lot of positives to be found,” he said. “It’s just difficult to focus on them when we’re losing all the time.
“This is not a bad hockey team, we’re just having to plug too many holes and, as a result, we’re running on fumes.”
Dutiaume has urged his players to seek revenge over Braehead for the 10-1 drubbing suffered in Glasgow three weeks ago.
“It was the first and only time we’ve lost by double digits this season – and that really stung,” he said.
“I would like to see us come out on Sunday with a lot more effort, and give a better account of ourselves. I’m certainly hoping we can at least come out and compete for the points.”
Winter cup: FIFE Ice Arena hosts a recreational ice hockey tournament this weekend. The Winter Challenge Cup features 10 reccie teams from across the UK, including local sides Kirkcaldy Kings, Boreland Kilts and Glenrothes Cougars. The tournament begins at 7.20 a.m on Saturday and runs through to 1.40 p.m on Sunday. The weekend entry fee is £5 per adult and £3 per child.