Capitals wish Michal Dobron well as he joins Penguins

Scott Neil has promised a new recruit

Scott Neil has promised a new recruit

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Edinburgh Capitals co-owner Scott Neil has vowed to find a replacement for star defenceman Michal Dobron after the former Czech Republic cap quit the club halfway through a two-year contract.

The 34-year old, a firm fan favourite in his two years at Murrayfield, has instead signed for French club Morzine-Avoriaz Penguins and Neil explained: “Michal contacted me last week to let me know he would be seriously considering a move to a club in mainland Europe, citing personal reasons that will remain private. I’m a little surprised that the deal has been done so quickly but this was never about money or anything like that, Michal enjoyed his time in Edinburgh and until recently was even set to stay over here throughout the summer. We wish him and his family all the best for the future.”

“Michal was an important player for us and I know how popular he was with our fans, but we have the budget to bring in a suitable replacement and there are lots of pretty exciting players that are available. We’re obviously looking at guys right now and I’m hopeful we can announce some happier news over the next few days.”