Steelers’ goalie Ervins Mustukovs - who parted company with Sheffield today - said he rejected overtures from other clubs because he believed they were going to re-sign him.
The Latvian is now looking for a new team, and would potentially sign for an Elite League rival.
After being released by coach Paul Thompson, the shut-out king said: “I played every game except three out of 80. Not bad, huh? I was always healthy. I missed only one or two training sessions.
“I did everything that I could for this club.
“It was their decision even though I have been statistically top goalie all three years I’ve been here.
“Two times I had the best goals against average, two times best saves percentage, two times most wins. A League record by shutouts, then shut outs in a row. For goalies, stats are their jobs.
“I did what I was paid for. But it seems that it was not good enough for them.”
Mustukovs, nicknamed ‘Moose,’ was surprised by the club’s verdict because: “At the end of January I was told that they were going sign me. Then I turned off the deals from other leagues because I believed I was staying.
“Until you have a signature on the paper there are no guarantees.”
The netminder will “look to all options and of course UK as well” for a job.
“I will miss guys from the team, fans and the city” he said.
“Thank you for the big, big support from me and my family. The fans were amazing.”