Sheffield Steeler could face the chop

Rylan Galiardi
Rylan Galiardi

Sheffield Steelers may dump an import before the team travels to Fife Flyers tomorrow.

The arrival of new Italian Canadian stars Nate DiCasmirro and Rob Sirianni have forced the likelihood of the club parting company with a forward that started the season with them. The man who could be in the frame is American Rylan Galiardi.

He missed last Sunday’s win over Cardiff Devils and hasn’t scored in his previous eight outings.

Last month, coach Doug Christiansen identified Galiardi as one of the players who had needed a form boost. And the player himself had been honest enough to criticise his own performance level, at one point.

Steelers are yet to make their feelings know publicly on the issue.

But they have suggested they accept Gord Baldwin errored in his “kicking” infringement at Belfast - one which earned him a five match ban at a time when Sheffield needed it least.

Steelers’ manager Shaun Smith said: “Gord made a mistake and will serve his time. He will train hard during the time he is out and come back a better player. We are moving on.”

The Belfast Telegraph reported that video evidence showed Baldwin and Giants’ Jeffrey Szwez “had got their legs tangled as Szwez poked the puck into the net for the second Giants goal in their 4-2 win, but as they got freed up Baldwin aimed the blade of his skate towards the Giants forward’s ankle and stamped at him.”

Meanwhile, it has been a big week for ex-Steelers players at Cardiff.

Forward Phil Hill was released after scoring in the game at Sheffield and Player/Coach Gerad Adams has retired as a skater to “concentrate fully on being Head Coach.”