Maxwell return ‘appeals’ to Flyers

Tim Maxwell in action for Fife Flyers last season
Tim Maxwell in action for Fife Flyers last season

FIFE Flyers are hopeful that one of last season’s star imports will return to Kirkcaldy next season.

The Press can reveal that defenceman Tim Maxwell, who joined the club midway through last term, has been identified as a summer signing target.

Flyers’ player-coach Todd Dutiaume is looking to build a fresh squad after finishing a disappointing debut Elite League season in bottom place.

As a result, most of last season’s imports have been told to find new clubs, but Maxwell will be offered the chance to return to Fife Ice Arena.

“A guy like Maxwell appeals to us because of the way he conducted himself both on and off the ice last season,” he said.

“If he decides he wants to be in a Flyers jersey again next season we’d be delighted.

“But there’s a lot of good players out there coming across our desk daily, and we’ve lots of decisions to make.”

With two defenceman - Jeff Caister and Derek Keller - already snapped up, Dutiaume’s main priority is signing forwards.

“It’s our intention to bring in an offensive forward or two,” Dutiaume said.

“We’re looking for guys that can generate big points production - something that was sorely lacking from our squad last year. Hopefully something can be done in the next week or so.”

The 2012-13 Elite League fixtures will be released on Monday, but with only four confirmed signings so far, there are still plenty gaps to fill in Flyers roster.

“Danny Stewart and I are talking two or three times a day,” Dutiaume stressed.

“There’s a lot going on behind the scenes and we’re happy with the progress we’re making.

“We’d like to have had another guy or two wrapped up by now - but that hasn’t been the case.

“With our position in the league last season guys are cautious but we’ve been open with them.

“We’ve explained that Fife, from the directors down, have no intention of being bottom of the table again.

“The signings we’ve announced so far have gone some way towards alleviating guys concerns.”