Edinburgh CApitals player-coach Richard Hartmann admits he doesn’t know whether he will be back at Murrayfield next season and is in no hurry to discuss the possibility of an extension to his contract that expires at the end of the campaign.
Hartmann, speaking ahead of tomorrow’s game at Braehead Clan, said: “Right now, I don’t want to worry about that, because first of all I want to concentrate on finishing this season with our heads held high.
“Before I analyse what’s happened this season and why, I will take some time out to spend with my family, and rest. Only then will I make plans for next year.”
Tomorrow’s Clan clash is the first of a weekend double-header between the two sides, before Edinburgh host the Glasgow outfit at Murrayfield on Sunday (face-off 6pm).
With seven games remaining, and last-placed Caps with nothing but pride to play for, Hartmann insists there will be no let up from his players, who he expects to show character from here on in as they look to secure themselves jobs for next season.
Hartmann said: “The players understand they’re playing for our fans and a contract for next year, whether that’s in Edinburgh or somewhere else. We’re still giving everything in training and preparing hard for games.
“Even if the season hasn’t gone well we still need to stand up, show some character, and finish it. There is always something to play for, even if it’s just snapping a losing streak. We still have seven games left and it’s up to the players to find something to fight for”
Caps, who in first-choice netminder Tomas Hiadlovsky, and top defenceman Michal Dobron, missed arguably their two most important player’s last time out in an 8-2 defeat to Coventry Blaze, have been given a boost as the pair look set to return.
“They’re both recovering well so I think they will play,” said Hartmann, “but to be sure we will make a game-day decision.”
Meanwhile, Hartmann admitted he was interested in bringing countryman and Dundee Stars new boy Lubomir Vaskovic to Edinburgh. Vaskovic joined Stars on Wednesday until the end of the season after his Slovakian side crashed out of the play-offs, and Hartmann said: “He was somebody we spoke about, but right now in our situation we couldn’t afford him.”