The outcome of a high level meeting today could end up having a major impact on the Belfast Giants' faltering season.
Basingstoke Bisons' future in the Elite League is believed to be in serious doubt, despite the club issuing a denial last week.
Their position will be discussed by the Elite League's board and should Bison withdraw it may well have a positive affect on the Giants.
Ed Courtenay is currently looking for new players to add to his line-up and if the Basingstoke team are left without a job then he may be forced by the league to sign their players first.
That, however, may not be a bad thing for the Giants.
The Bison roster includes some proven quality players, in particular goaltender Steve Lyle and former Giant Steve Thornton and if those two come available there will be no shortage of takers.
Thornton turned out to be the missing link in the Giants team when he signed in December 2002, helping the team finish sixth in Europe and second in Superleague before winning the Play-off title.
His presence on the current Giants team would be welcomed, especially if he had anything like the same impact.