Steelers - who last night swept aside bottom side Edinburgh 4-1 - say forward Rob Sirianni is “going nowhere” despite interest from an Italian club.
The Sheffield forward’s move back to one of his former teams, Val Pusteria, was “imminent” according to one Italian media outlet this week.
But a Steelers’ source said: “He’s our player and we have no plans to lose him. Technically he could put his notice in and there may well have been interest but as far as we are concerned he is going nowhere.”
Sirianni, who has been productive recently after a barren spell, scored last night in the league game at iceSheffield.
The win puts Steelers in joint third place alongside Dundee Stars and Nottingham Panthers - although Panthers have two games in hand. The trio trail leaders Belfast Giants by seven points.
Edinburgh, with 12 skaters, were hemmed in for much of last night but tried to play their way out of trouble. They had their Slovakian netminder Tomas Hiadlovsky to thank for saving two near post chances falling to Sirianni.
Hiadlovsky executed a football style sliding tackle on Jeff Legue to give away a penalty on 12 minutes. It proved to be their undoing: Sheffield went ahead at 13:50, Peter Holecko missing a defensive assignment and Stefan Meyer converting the Power Play.
Steelers opened the middle session with a goal, Jeff Legue roofing the puck after finding himself alone in the slot.
Tim Spencer and Gord Baldwin had chances to deepen the visitors’ misery, before Legue crashed in a rocket from centre blue-line for his second of the night on the fourth Steeler PP.
Caps persisted with their smart passing game and dragged a goal back when Latvian Marcis Zembergs knocked in a left wing cross at 30;01.
Legue then stripped an opponent of the puck and reverse passed superbly for Sirianni to make it 4-1. Stefan Meyer, Sirianni and Steve Goertzen all threatened to add to Steelers lead.
It was a morale boosting victory - Steelers third straight win - ahead of trips to Belfast Giants and Coventry Blaze this weekend.