CO-OWNER Scott Neil admits he’s “pretty pleased” with how Edinburgh Capitals’ squad is shaping up for next season after Canadian playmaker Matt Tipoff became the fourth new arrival at the club this month.
The capture of 25-year-old Tipoff, who has spent the last five years playing in the Canadian college league for St Mary’s University averaging just under a point a game, is the latest move in a period of transfer activity in which defensive lynchpin Jacob Johnston sign a contract extension. And Neil hinted further announcements may not be far away.
Capitals confirmed Michal Dobron as their new player-coach less than a month ago and they’ve quickly gone to work building a team for this season’s Elite League campaign with Tipoff the 12th player to sign a contract with the club.
Neil said: “We’re pretty pleased with how this year’s team is shaping up. Tipoff is a real heads-up player, very skilful, and should fit right in with our rink. We’re working hard to ensure we pick up players who will work well with the specific roles they’ll have on this team.”
With league rules now allowing teams to ice up to 14 imports in any one game, Edinburgh have space for six additional foreign stars on their roster, one of which will be earmarked for a starting goalie.
It is understood Edinburgh are in discussions with an additional four players and, although reluctant to discuss specific targets, Neil added: “We’ve cast a wide net, and we’re talking to guys all the time. We’re looking to add more offence, an all-round defenceman, and someone who’ll give us a bit of grit and toughness.
“If we pull off what we have in mind right now, and I’m by no means saying we’ll manage it, that could leave us with only two spots to fill. We’ve certainly been very active on the signing front of late.”