WAnted winger Adam Henrich is likely to keep Sheffield Steelers dangling over the next few weeks as he assesses which club to join next season.
The Star revealed on Wednesday that coach Ryan Finnerty was interested in the 6ft 4ins Canadian left wing, who played for Alleghe and Asiago in Italy over the last two seasons.
At Asiago, the Italian champions, he played alongside his brother Michael.
The club beat Sheffield 4-3 in the Continental Cup last November.
Finnerty has spoken to the 12-year professional and his agent David Imonti and have left a verbal offer open with them.
The possibility of Henrich joining Sheffield has excited former captain Rob Wilson, who now plies his trade in Italy.
“Henrich has a dominant presence on the ice and can find the net as his 37 goals for his two Italian clubs will testify.
“He had almost 200 games in the AHL and, while it didn’t happen for him during his tine in Germany, he has enough on his record to suggest he would be a major player in the Elite League should he chose Sheffield.
“I am surprised that one of the better-paying teams in Italy or Austria haven’t picked him off yet.
“The fact they haven’t suggests that the right offer has not come along in Europe - and if it doesn’t Steelers may find themselves in the lucky position to get their hands on him,” said Wilson.
Henrich, once drafted by NHL giants Tampa Bay Lightning, should be reaching his professional peak at 28, so he would be quite a catch for Finnerty.
Finnerty, who is also on the heels of a tough d-man, said: “There a few guys we are talking to right now but we’re still a little ways from signing.”