ICE HOCKEY: All Change for Panthers
Byline: By ANTONY HOPKER
COVENTRY BLAZE will have a trio of NHL players to contend with when Nottingham Panthers come to the Skydome this Sunday.
Since Blaze beat the Panthers in the Challenge Cup semi-final, coach Paul Adey has been busy changing his squad.
Just before the signing deadline he released Jan Krulis to Bracknell, allowed John Craighead to switch to Cardiff and hunted around for a possible replacement for the concussed Kim Ahlroos.
In came two players from the NHL to join Steve McKenna. Ian Moran was the first to sign, from Boston Bruins, and he was soon followed by Nick Boynton, who played in last year's NHL All-Star game and is highly rated.
The pair have spent some time adjusting to the game on larger ice after a long spell without playing, and Blaze coach Paul Thompson is in no doubt that they will make the Panthers harder to beat. Russian forward Mikhail Nemirovsky has also joined the side from Germany.
"They will be quite different from last time. …