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Could Dan Cloutier Be Headed for the UK?

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 21:  Dan Cloutier #34 of the Detroit Red Wings tends net against the New York Rangers during preseason action at Madison Square Garden on September 21, 2009 in New York, New York.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Mark BatemanCorrespondent INovember 5, 2009

Former NHL goalie Dan Cloutier could be set to move across the pond in 2010 after being released from his contract with the Detroit Red Wings.

Cloutier, who has iced for Vancouver Canucks, Tampa Bay Lightning, Los Angeles Kings, and the New York Rangers, could move to Britain and the BMI Baby Elite League.

Cloutier's brother Sylvain, a former NHL player himself with the Chicago Blackhawks, took charge of the Hull Stingrays during the summer and has signed a two-year deal as the team's player-coach.

Sylvain looked to his brother Dan before the start of the season for advice when he went to sign a netminder. Dan recommended Swedish stopper Tommy Sandhal, who has turned in some top-notch performances for the Rays since arriving in East Yorkshire.

But Sylvain and Dan have never hidden their desire to play on the same team at least once before either of them retire, and with Sylvain's playing career winding up, the brothers could be on ice together in the 2010-2011 Elite League season.

Dan Cloutier's arrival would be the biggest signing in the club's six-year history; he has played more than 350 NHL games and boasts a save percentage of .899.

His arrival at Hull would also be massive for British ice hockey, which is striving to become a mainstream sport.

The move may turn out to be pure fantasy driven by family goals, but nothing is impossible.

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