Sheffield Steelers’ owner Tony Smith says he is confident that coach Gerad Adams will bring a new, potent forward firepower to the club.
Top points scorer Jeff Legue has left as has the skilled Max Lacroix and winger/captain Steve Goertzen.
International star star Nate Dicasmirro is pursuing a job in the Italian league and Tim Spencer seems unlikely to get a second contract.
If Stefan Meyer resists the temptation to join Coventry Blaze, as seems likely, it will mean Adams will at least have retained his top goalscorer. The task throughout the Summer will be to add imports who can add to the tally.
Smith told The Star: “I am not at all concerned about recruitment.
“It’s obvious that we need more firepower and a better balanced side because we finished 23pts behind the League winners Belfast Giants. That wasn’t good enough, although the Play Offs saved our season.
“We couldn’t score enough goals, we didn’t have a David Ling type (former Nottingham Panthers EIHL player of the year, 89 pts in 52 league games.)
“So while you could argue that the nucleus of our team has gone or is going, I see it as a stepping stone. We have great players like Rob Dowd, Dustin Kohn and Frank Doyle and G (Adams) is working on putting together some good names to join them and improve things next season.”
The leaving ‘nucleus’ includes Danny Meyers and play off goal winning hero Drew Fata. Chad Langlais’s position remains unclear.