Edinburgh Capitals co-owner Scott Neil feels the club have missed quality in key areas after a run of nine straight defeats left them with nothing but pride to play for in the remaining 12 games of the ice hockey season.
Even the chance of a scrap with oldest rivals Fife to avoid this year’s wooden spoon appear to have disappeared after the Flyers, who have three games in hand over the Murrayfield men, won against Hull Stingrays in midweek, increasing their lead over Edinburgh at the foot of the Elite League table to eight points.
As disillusioned fans’ frustrations mount, Neil has promised to meet with supporters to give them a chance to air their views to him personally. “We’re licking our wounds a bit right now,” said Neil, whose team face Braehead Clan at Murrayfield Ice Rink on Sunday.
“I’m terribly disappointed in the way we’ve performed this year and the position we’re in but we can’t give up or we may as well just pack everything up right now. In order to do a better job next season we need to reassess our goals. We have a habit of going into our shell when things like this happen but we can’t afford to do that.
“I thought at the beginning of the season we were going to have a relatively good year. We had a lot of last year’s players back and I’m speaking for everyone involved with the club when I say we expected more. Even after our terrible start we thought that when we picked up those victories back in November, against some of the bigger clubs in the league, that we had found our groove and a good run was coming, but it didn’t happen and we’ve fizzled out.
“Of course, I can understand the way the fans are feeling right now. The club will be holding a fans’ forum, mid-to-late March, it won’t be any sooner than that as we still have games to play and at the moment we’re putting all our time into trying to finish the year on a positive note.”
Neil added: “We’ve missed one or two quality players in key areas. We needed someone that’s able to score us 75-80 points and we needed to be stronger defensively.
“To be fair, we have to give teams like Hull and Dundee credit.
“They have raised the bar, and we have a lot of hard work ahead of us this summer.”
Edinburgh will be without player-coach, Richard Hartmann, for Sunday’s game as the Slovakian serves a one-match ban. However, injured trio Neil Hay, Martin Cingel and Danny McIntyre could all feature after training this week.