Nottingham Panthers set for roster shake-up

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Nottingham Panthers have signed Finnish forward Sami Ryhanen, while Scott Champagne has left the club to sign for German second division side Ravensburg.

Panthers are also in talks with former forward Sean McAslan to return to the club as an 11th import.

Coach Corey Neilson, who saw his side beat Braehead 3-1 on Tuesday night, said: "Sami had decent numbers in the highly-regarded SM Liga.

"He's told us he's determined to prove himself in the UK Elite League."

Ryhanen, 31, was in Denmark earlier in the season and has also played in Finland, Austria and Italy.

Subject to international clearance, Ryhanen will make his debut against Dundee and play in the Christmas games against Sheffield.

"He'll be leaving his family in Finland for the Christmas period to join us so his determination and commitment cannot be questioned," Neilson added.

Meanwhile, the club look set to sign McAslan as an 11th import. Elite League clubs can only ice 10 non-British trained players but Sheffield, Belfast and Hull have all carried spare imports this season.

McAslan has scored 124 goals in 186 matches in two previous spells with the club.

Neilson continued: "The talks [with McAslan] have gone well but there's still a hurdle or two to be cleared and we'll have a clear picture by the end of this week."

Panthers moved back to second in the Elite League table on Tuesday night as goals from Jeff Heerema, David Clarke and Brandon Benedict saw off a resilient Braehead side.

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