This morning the Sheffield Steelers announced the first of the replacements set to arrive in the House of Steel after the departures of Matt Climie, Stefan Della Rovere and Justin Buzzeo. The latest arrival is Croatian international, Tom Zanoski as coach Tom Barrasso looks to rebuild this season’s roster for an end of season flourish.
Jakub Vrana, precious infant, is lighting up the NHL and we have no reason to believe he’ll stop any time soon. Everyone asked for consistency, and it was consistency that we got. While I love that Vrana’s basically a goal vending machine, a month and a half out from the February 25th trade deadline, Vrana’s success puts a lot of guillotine blades over a lot of heads (well, maybe just one very Swedish head). With Brian McLellan saying that he’s open to a player for player or salary for salary trade in the forward group before the trade deadline, it’s tough to imagine that the end of February might come and go without someone on the move.
Good thing January isn’t over yet, right?
Following a tough weekend that saw the Sheffield Steelers fall out of a playoff spot as the second half of the season pushes on, they have released three players ahead of this weekends action.
Netminder Matt Climie and forwards Justin Buzzeo and Stefan Della Rovere have all been released from their contracts, with the club looking to announce new recruits shortly, and hopeful of bringing a new face in before the teams next games against the Milton Keynes Lightning in a double header weekend.
6 periods, 2 overtime periods, a shootout, 5 netminders and 25 goals. For fans of both teams, it was spectacular, it was dramatic, but it was equally infuriating as the offence amazed, the defence collapsed, timeouts were called, goalies were pulled and at the end of it, both the Guildford Flames and Coventry Blaze came away with 3 points apiece.
With Great Britain returning to the top division of the IIHF World Championships for the first time since 1994, they’re embarking on an elaborate course of preparation for the competition in May, with their first test coming against Dinamo Riga next month.
On February 6th, GB will play host to the Latvian side who play in the Kontinental Hockey League, in the first of five games before the World Championships.
As the second half of the EIHL season begins, the Cardiff Devils have added an extra body to their lineup.
Cardiff currently sit top of the EIHL table with a game in hand over second place Belfast, and the league’s highest scoring offence with 28-year-old winger James Livingston.
In an announcement this morning Coventry Blaze have announced the departure of Miroslaz Kopriva with immediate effect following his short return to the Blaze.