Fife Flyers are hoping to have a new import in their line-up in time for a defining weekend in their season.
The Kirkcaldy club face rivals Braehead Clan and Edinburgh Capitals, desperate to snap a six-game losing streak which has seen them slump to ninth in the standings.
They are anxious to draft in short-term cover for injured skipper Kyle Haines – and head coach Todd Dutiaume may also shake up the dressing-room with another signing.
And the axe may also fall on the current roster.
Dutiaume has publicly criticised the ‘‘passengers’’ in his team and even spoken of some of them being out of shape. The veteran player-coach, who kitted up on Tuesday as cover, is confident he will have one new face in the line up for the visit of Clan – a game which is expected to draw another 3000-crowd to Fife Ice Arena.
It is expected to be a defenceman to step in for Haines on the blue line.
He said: ‘‘We are on a slide which needs to be addressed.
‘‘We need to stop the rot, stop blaming others and take responsibility.’’
Flyers face a defining weekend in which they must take points, either from high-flying Clan or an Edinburgh side that has hit form, to avoid a gap opening between them and the play-off spots.
But they have to do it without Haines, out for two to four weeks after he hit the boards on Sunday and suffered an ‘‘upper body injury’’ – publicly the club won’t be specific, but are relieved it wasn’t as bad as first feared.
And they are minus enforcer Matt Nickerson, who was hit with a four-game ban after piling into an altercation in Sunday’s penalty-filled match against Sheffield Steelers.
You can see the video of the fight which earned him a ban online at www.fifetoday.co.uk
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