The early going in the signing stakes has all centred on the Brit pack of the EIHL. With the import restrictions in EIHL limiting non-British trained players to 10 per team coaches are on the hunt for the Brits that will bluster their squad and provide the difference.
With the early movement in Cardiff putting netminder Steven Lyle on the block the rumour mill ramped up to speed quicker than usual. That has now been added to with the Coventry Blaze announcing former GB captain Jonathan Weaver will not return. Early contenders for his signature have been the Braehead Clan but whilst they are in need of an experienced blueliner to replace James Jorgensen who is on his way to Sheffield they have ruled themselves out. Other contenders for the signature could be the Cardiff Devils if player coach Gerard Adams hangs up the skates.
Another destination could be the Hull Stingrays. The Stingrays appear to be on the verge of a change of ownership with several parties interested in the club including player coach Sylvain Cloutier and a top british signing with experience would be a great signing for Weaver. On the darker side if new owners are not found the current owners may not be running the club come the new season.
Elsewhere other Brits securing have been their futures include Craig Peacock who has resigned for the champion Belfast Giants whilst GB international defenseman Steve Lee has resigned with the Nottingham Panthers. This may mean that Weaver’s opportunities are more limited for a move within the EIHL but some have suggested that he could join fellow international David Longstaff at the Guildford Flames.
Elsewhere young forward Tom Squires has signed for the Sheffield Steeldogs on a full time contract. Squires spent last season on a two-way contract with the Sheffield Steelers and Telford Tigers. Also Brock McPherson has resigned with the Braehead Clan. The Canadian scored 57 goals last season and joins Kevin Philips, Sam Zajac, Adam Walker and Matt Haywood in returning to last seasons fifth place side.