Barron signs but brother Alex keeps Caps waiting

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Edinburgh Capitals today announced the re-signing of defenceman Loren Barron, after the American penned a new one-year deal.

However, The Evening News understands Caps could miss out on a double swoop with Barron’s younger brother Alex also pondering a move to Murrayfield among “other options”.

Loren, who joined the club midway through last season after initially being recommended by now player/coach Riley Emmerson, registered an impressive 27 points from 37 games, good enough to rank as the fifth highest-scoring blue-liner among Elite League defencemen in points per games played. Alex, a defenceman who can also play as a forward, has just completed three years playing and studying at Quinnipiac University in America.

Capitals co-owner Scott Neil said: “Loren was very solid for us on “D” last year, as well as being our highest points-scoring defenceman in points-per-game. He gives us a good bit of quality back there. He’s also a former line-mate of (new Edinburgh signing) Jacob Johnston, so it’s great to have two guys on the team who know each other so well and should help the settling-in process.

“Alex would also be a good player for us. There’s no doubt about that. He’s a signing who would give us a great deal of flexibility as he’s a defenceman who can also play forward, and play it well. We’ll just need to wait and see. I believe he’s also considering other options.”

Meanwhile, former Capitals top scorer Curtis Leinweber has signed for Gardiner Conference rivals Dundee Stars, in a move that shocked Neil.

Leinweber last played for Edinburgh two years ago, scoring 46 goals and 58 assists in 108 games, and joins Dundee after spending last season playing in Denmark.

Neil said: “I knew he was interested in finding a club in Germany, so to see he had signed at Dundee left me pretty shocked. It wasn’t that we weren’t interested in Curtis. We’ve tried to touch base with him a couple of times recently but didn’t meet with much success.

“You’ve got to wish him well – Leiny’s been an absolute diamond for us – but we just need to worry about our own team and that’s what we’ll be doing.”