Round Up & Rumours

Can’t you tell it’s the off season? Sorry for the lack of updates recently but here is a round up of all the British ice-hockey news & rumours from the past week.

First of all, Manchester Phoenix announced that they were dropping to the EPL as they couldn’t afford to compete in the EIHL any longer. Once their drop to the EPL had been confirmed the Phoenix announced several signings for the upcoming season, including netminder Steven Fone from Coventry and Joe Graham from the Panthers. Personally I’m sad to see Graham go, but I’m sure he’ll benefit from the increased ice time.

The Steelers added to their squad with the much heralded return of Captain Average Jonathan Phillips! It has also been rumoured that Basingstoke netminder Kevin Reiter will be joining the Steelers for the coming season after it was revealed that Dave Matsos has been in negotiations with him.

The Hull Stingrays continue to build impressively for the new campaign as Curtis Huppe joins as player/assistant coach. There have also been rumours that the Rays next signing will be none other than pantomime donkey Andre Payette. Could be a very interesting time in East Yorkshire!

Coventry Blaze have also been adding to their squad with the worst kept secret in hockey, announcing the signing of Greg Chambers from Basingstoke, which Dave Simms inadvertadly revealed at the EIHL All-Star game!

Belfast have been very busy over the past week,  firstly announcing the re-signings of Brits Colin Shields and David Phillips and then announcing the signing of former San Jose Sharks draft pick Tom Walsh from HIFK Helsinki in the Finnish Elite league. Not content with that, the Giants then announced the signing of the utterly frightening Sean McMorrow! With over 200 AHL games and a single outing for Buffalo Sabres, he is no slouch, but it is obvious that McMorrow is here to play a role as 527 PIMs for St Hyacinth of the LNAH in season 2007/08 testify. make no mistake, this is going to be one serious hard man. The Giants are on the search for a new netminder though after Cardiff Devils announced that Stevie Lyle is to return to his former club on a three year contract.

Finally on to the rumours. Firstly it is rumoured that GB international Greg Owen is returning to the UK after a season playing in the land of cheese eating surrender monkeys (France!). There are different rumours regarding his destination, I have heard he is off to the Blaze, but other reports suggest he is in talks with Blaze, Panthers and the Devils.

Matt Myers is another who has several rumours about his whereabouts for the current season. Some reports suggest he will return to Nottingham, another report (OK, it was from the Sheffield Star so is more than likely completely untrue. I wouldn’t trust the date printed in that rag!) suggests he could be moving to the ECHL while another rumour suggests that he has signed for Coventry.

Staying with the Panthers, I’ve heard that the next signing announcement will be the return of British defenceman Danny Meyers. On the netminding front I’ve also heard that Panthers are looking at three netminders, one of which is former Blaze keeper Trevor Koenig. As ever these are just rumours I’ve heard and read and with all rumours are to be taken with a large pinch of salt. Makes the off season fun though doesn’t it!


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