Sunday, July 31, 2011

July was a busy month for the NLL

By Alex Hinkley

The 2012 National Lacrosse League season is still many months away but several teams around the league have been incredibly active throughout July. Below is a list of moves and recent signings as listed on the transactions page of NLL.com.

The Washington Stealth have been the busiest team in the NLL thus far. They re-signed five players: Jeff Moleski, Matt Beers, Chet Koneczny, Cam Sedgwick, and Curtis Hodgson.

The Stealth also traded star forward Luke Wiles to the Buffalo Bandits for the 23rd overall selection in the 2011 Entry Draft and a 2nd round selection in the 2012 Entry Draft. This move could spell bad news for the Rochester Knighthawks as Luke Wiles is a well-known goal scorer. Wiles coming back to the Eastern Division, as a member of Rochester's bitter rivals no less, means stiffer competition for the K-Hawks next season. The Bandits also re-signed defenseman Scott Self to a three-year contract.

Speaking of the Knighthawks, they recently re-signed Joel McCready to a three-year deal. McCready had 2 assists and 65 loose balls in 12 games with Rochester last year.

The Toronto Rock acquired goaltender Matt Roik from the Stealth in exchange for defenseman Kyle Ross. This move makes sense for the Rock after starting goaltender Bob Watson retired at the end of last season. Could Roik be the new starter or will Pat Campbell get the nod? Only time will tell.

After re-signing Kevin Croswell and Noah Talbot at the beginning of the month, the Minnesota Swarm then traded Croswell, Ryan Cousins, Aaron Wilson, and their 10th overall pick in the 2011 Entry Draft to the Edmonton Rush in exchange for the 6th and 31st picks in the 2011 Entry Draft as well as their 2nd round selection in the 2012 Entry Draft. Wilson had a bit of a down year last season but the Rush are definitely getting an elite-level talent here.

Finally, the Colorado Mammoth traded former first round draft pick Dan Carey, their 28th overall pick in the 2011 Entry Draft, and their 1st round pick in the 2013 Entry Draft to the Toronto Rock in exchange for Creighton Reif, Mat MacLeod, and the 9th and 14th overall picks in the 2011 Entry Draft. Carey has spent the past six seasons in Colorado so it will be interesting to see how he fits into a new offense.

(Article originally posted on Examiner.com)

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