Sheffield Steelers - hit by news that mainstay forward Steve Goertzen will miss the start of the season - are desperately trying to draft in reinforcements.
The club has discussed terms with a young left winger who has never played in a pro league before.
But even if they get him, he won’t be a like for like replacement for 29-year-old Goertzen, who had 68 games in the NHL and a massive 439 in the AHL.
Goertzen underwent a shoulder operation around May - surgery the Steelers have largely kept quiet about.
But Doug Christiansen said last night: “After learning that Steven would not be starting the season following surgery, I want to try and make sure we have as full a line-up as possible for training camp.
“Goerzten will be skating with the team but will not play in our Slovakia and Hungary pre-season training camp.
“He will be evaluated by team doctors upon his return to the UK. Following that assessment, we will have a better idea of how long he will be out of the line-up.”