Belfast Giants coach Ed Courtenay is hoping the signing of Canadian forward Shaun Sutter will add much-needed offensive clout to his team.
Shaun Sutter had spells with Nottingham and Sheffield
The Giants have lost their last four matches in the Elite League and find themselves bottom of the table.
Sutter began his British career with Nottingham Panthers before moving to the Sheffield Steelers.
Last season Sutter, from a famous ice-hockey family, scored 35 goals and had 32 assists for the Steelers.
"I had to take action to tackle the problems the team has been having," said coach Courtenay.
"My biggest concern was that, compared to last season's team, we were lacking offensive firepower.
"We have not been scoring goals and you cannot start winning games unless you put the puck in the back of the net.
"I hope bringing in Shaun will give the guys in the locker room the message that we mean business. If changes have to be made they will be made, and the guys need to know that."