Sheffield Steelers; Guessing game over Jordan

Steelers v Nottingham
Steelers v Nottingham
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IT’S all gone quiet about Jordan Krestanovich’s fate.

The 31-year-old centre quit his job as Braehead Clan player-coach recently and cannot be contacted by any other Elite League rival until after next weekend.

His availability will have excited interest in Germany and Italy.

But it is still possible that he could wash up elsewhere in this country - and Sheffield Steelers could be that team.

Coach Ryan Finnerty - a long standing friend of the former Colorado Avalanche NHLer - says there is “nothing going on there” adding: “He is still the property of Braehead Clan.”

Krestanovich quit his post after being asked to relinquish his coaching duties and concentrate on being a player.

It is not known whether he wants to renew his acquaintance with Steeler Rod Sarich, who played with him at Calgary Hitmen 12 years ago or Jim Jorgensen whom he iced alongside last year in Scotland.

But if a Sheffield deal was reached the Canadian left-shot could be in the team in time for the second leg of the quarter final of the Challenge Cup - a competition that has grown in stature with Steelers remaining seven points behind league leaders Nottingham Panthers. For the time being, the focus remains on tomorrow’s first leg at Dundee Stars.

“The Challenge Cup match tomorrow is a big one” said Finnerty.

“It is good timing for us to get away from the League for a night.

“Last Sunday’s defeat (4-2 against Panthers) was disappointing but the guys are professionals - we can’t allow that to be a negative, turning point for us.

“We can’t go down the mountain and feel sorry for ourselves. We are going there for the win.”

Stars are second behind Clan in the Gardiner Conference standings but ahead of them by one place in the overall standings - thanks to performances like this month’s recent 5-2 win at Belfast Giants, in which Mike Wirll scored a hat-trick.

Steelers beat them 3-1 in December but only made the game safe with an empty netter with one second remaining.

They will need to control Sami Ryhanen, who scored four assists in Stars’ last game, 6-5 win over Fife Flyers.