Friday, March 18, 2011

Kevin Fines signs with Rochester

By Alex Hinkley

The Rochester Knighthawks signed defenseman Kevin Fines to the Practice Player List at the free agency deadline yesterday. To make room for him on the team Rochester released rookie Holdon Vyse who was also on the Practice Player List.

Fines, a six year veteran of the NLL, was a solid defenseman who played for Rochester last season. In 13 games, he had 6 goals, 2 assists, and 59 loose balls. Fines was known not only for playing tough defense but also for getting fast breaks every once in awhile. During both the 2006 and 2007 seasons, Fines scored 15 goals for San Jose and Toronto respectively. Rochester released him prior to the start of the 2011 season in December which baffled many Knighthawk fans since him and Steve Toll (who was also released) were two key players in our transition game, a weakness for the Knighthawks for much of this season.

The National Lacrosse League trade deadline also passed earlier this week and the Knighthawks did not make any moves. As yesterday was the final day teams could sign free agents for the remainder of the regular season, adding Fines to the roster will benefit the Knighthawks greatly going into the final six games of the season. It is only a matter of time before Fines is "promoted" to the active roster. Hopefully this happens sooner rather than later.

(Originally published on Examiner.com)

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