Edinburgh CAPITALS will be without ice hockey defenceman Juraj Senko for tonight’s David and Goliath match-up with top-of-the-table Nottingham Panthers after the 28-year-old agreed a deal to join English Premier League side Telford Tigers for the remainder of the season.
With the Capitals’ recent signing of Canadian Brent Patry bringing the total number of imports on the books of the Murrayfield club to 12 – one over the league on-ice limit of 11 – Edinburgh had hoped to hold on to the Slovakian initially signed in September on a two-week trial contract, at least until Canadian Jade Portwood had recovered from a groin injury.
Team owner Scott Neil revealed, however, that he could not stand in Senko’s way after Telford offered him a permanent contract.
Neil said: “We did not want this, but in all likelihood we would have faced a difficult decision further down the road.
“When Juraj came to us with the news he had been offered a contract guaranteeing him hockey until the end of the season, it was the right thing to do to let him go.
“We’re still exploring several avenues as to how we can further strengthen the team.
“This is a huge month for us as we aim to force ourselves back into contention for the end of season play-offs.”
Senko’s departure has not made it any easier for Edinburgh in Nottingham tonight, where they suffered an embarrassing 10-0 defeat earlier in the season. Panthers, however, will be without NHL star Anthony Stewart after his short-term lockout deal expired last week.