The real reason Sheffield Steelers lost star Swedish skater
British ice hockey is a minnow when it comes to its place in the stream of world sport.
But even from within the modest cheap jerseys swimming lane http://www.cheapjerseys11.com/ it currently occupies, Ice Hockey UK shares one thing in common with those ahead of them in the pecking order: When money talks, you have to listen.
And that was the real reason that Christoffer Bjorklund was able to jump ship in the last hours of transfer deadline week and at a critical part of the season quitting Sheffield Steelers for Swedish second tier side Mora IK.
His contract had a cash get out clause which allowed ‘big fish’ international sides to come in for him.
If a club waves pound notes and in relative terms this was a pitifully small amount a player can go elsewhere.
So after 40 games with Steelers, when something better came up, the Scandinavian was off.
It was a sickener for Sheffield, trapped powerless in the net of finances they could not control or even influence
While it doesn’t say much for personal loyalty, you can understand why the 29 year old defenceman wanted to return home. Mora could be promoted and Bjorklund is hungry for a spot in the Swedish Hockey Leaue, one of the best in the world.
Some Steeler fans vented their frustration on Tuesday night by suggesting one of their smoothest skaters was a player they won’t miss accusing him of turning over the puck and giving away cheap goals.
That’s an accusation that will be lost on the coaching heirachy at Sheffield. He was on the ice for Power Play goals more than anybody else.
Ofcourse it is a pity that the d man’s decision deflected attention from Sheffield’s Challenge Cup semi final success.
And there are players on that roster who you could never imagine would turn their back on the club.
But the ebb and flow of players is hardly new. This season is little different to others.
Tyler Mosienko walked out on the Sheffield management who resurrected his career. Steelers bosses routinely sack imports (like Jesse Schultz) most years.
But Steelers, at least, have a full contingency of imports thanks to the recent signing of Geoff Walker, and have other ideas to weigh to keep their options open.