Flyers coach seeks ‘green light’ for signings

4211047 SSFF flyers capitals '- Fife Flyers against the Edinburgh Capitals at Fife Ice Arena, Kirkcaldy
4211047 SSFF flyers capitals '- Fife Flyers against the Edinburgh Capitals at Fife Ice Arena, Kirkcaldy

FIFE Flyers coach Todd Dutiaume hopes he’ll get the go-ahead to strengthen his team at a summit with club owners this week.

Dutiaume will sit down with directors to push for the new import signings he believes he requires in order to be a success in the Elite League.

He told SportsPress: “I’ll put my plans to them and hopefully we’ll agree on the direction we must take.

“I’ve made progress speaking to guys, now I just need the green light. We don’t want to leave it until it’s too late.

“But while we need an addition or two to be successful, improvement must also come from within the squad as well.

“Some of our local guys haven’t adapted as quickly as we’d have liked.

“They are learning systems for the first time but if they want to be here they have to show they can adapt.”

Flyers face back-to-back away matches this weekend with their first trip to Scottish rivals Braehead Clan in a Challenge Cup fixture on Saturday (7 p.m face-off) followed by a visit to Edinburgh Capitals for an Elite League game on Sunday (6 p.m).

Dutiaume added: “Braehead will be tough. They haven’t had a home defeat yet, and they’ve been getting decent results.

“We’ll look to continue to improve on our systems and as long as the work ehtic is there, we’ve proved we can compete with teams at our end of the table.

“We’ll be looking for redemption in Edinburgh on Sunday. I was extremely upset with our last performance there, but hopefully we can go there this time and get two league points.

“A defeat would leave us bottom, and that’s a place we don’t want to be. We can’t keep calling it an adjustment period forever.”

Flyers will be boosted by the return from injury of netminder Garret Zemlak and defenceman Kyle Horne, although Thomas Muir remains sidelined long-term.

Meanwhile, Canadian forward Matt Siddall was this week confirmed as the club’s player assistant coach.

Dutiaume explained: “Sids originally signed as assistant coach but he had to be given time to find his feet and settle in before he took on his extra responsibilities.”