Edinburgh Capitals today revealed import defenceman Loren Barron will not be returning to the club as planned, after the American informed them of his desire to quit the pro-ranks in favour of a new job opportunity back home.
However, the Murrayfield outfit have moved quickly for a replacement, signing Canadian blue-liner Nate Fleming in a one-year deal that took less than 24 hours to finalise.
Fleming, who can also play as a forward, has spent the last four years playing college hockey for The University of British Columbia, and club co-owner Scott Neil believes they have found a good replacement for Barron, who impressed after arriving at the club midway through last season.
“Losing Loren is a blow, but the job offer he received was too good to turn down,” admitted Neil. “Fleming is a defenceman who puts up points and can also play as a forward. We’ve done our research and our sources, including some of his new team-mates like Ryan Hayes and Taylor Dickin, had very good things to say about him.”