Cloutier insists Riddle is not returning to Stingrays
COACH Sylvain Cloutier has confirmed his short-list of potential signings does not include former player of the year Jake Riddle.
Cloutier is in the market for a new forward to pep up the Rapid Solicitors Hull Stingrays' chances of qualifying for the play-offs.
Riddle netted 39 points in 51 games in 2007-08, collecting the player of the year, forward of the year and fans' favourite trophies in Stingrays' end-of-season awards.
He lasted just eight games the following season, axed by previous coach Rick Strachan for failing to heed warnings over his on-ice demeanour.
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With the team rooted to the foot of the Elite League table and the signing deadline looming, Cloutier has been scouring the international player market, with suggestions he has turned to the American winger.
"I did speak to Jake in August and again last month, but nothing got serious," said Cloutier.
"He wanted to come back to Hull, but would not have qualified for a visa.
"It's funny how rumours start about players."
Cloutier confirmed he has not given up his search for reinforcements, given Stingrays are four points adrift of the top-eight play-off places.
If he is to bolster his squad before the weekend's double away header in Braehead and Edinburgh, Cloutier would need to unearth a player in Europe or a British passport holder to simplify the paperwork involved.