The rumour is true, John Armstrong is returning to Sheffield.
This news was announced after the Steelers had slipped to an 0-2 reverse on home ice to Danny Stewart’s Coventry Blaze. Steelers will be hoping that the Canadian centre’s return to Sheffield proves the catalyst for their season.
Prior to rejoining the Tom Barrasso revolution, the 2006 Calgary Flames third round pick left the Steelers at the end of his two year Uni deal to join EBEL side Medvescak Zagreb. However, in recent times the European side have suffered financial problems and are close; in some terms; to going bust. The 30 year old is a victim of these financial implications and was released by them a few days ago.
This led to the understanding that the Steelers would jump at the chance to bring one of the popular players back. Steelers, of course, kept their cards to their respective chests as to their intentions. Of course most of the hockey fanbase knew otherwise. I mean we probably could have written this article the moment his release was confirmed by Zagreb.
Armstrong’s return means either the Steelers will carry a spare import for the remainder of the season or they will release one. Most speculate that there will be a departure, and allegedly it will be Anthony DeLuca who departs. DeLuca, who was only signed by Barrasso at the start of November, has appeared to struggle with the Elite League since touching down with the Steelers. The 23 year old has, at the time of penning this article, just 2 points in 10 games and if the departure is true then he has a bit of a flop by Steelers standards. DeLuca, of course, was the player involving in the ineligible player incident at Fife.
So “Big John” is back, the Number 90, the “goalieslayer” – netminders best watch out if opposing fans concerns are about. What do you think Steelers fans?
Photo Credit: Dean Woolley/Sheffield Steelers