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The Philadelphia Wings and San Diego Seals are set begin play this upcoming season and they will take center stage at the Expansion Draft on July 16 and the Entry Draft, which will be held this fall.

Philadelphia will select first in the Expansion Draft, where current member clubs are able to protect a total of eleven players, comprised of either one goalie and ten runners or eleven runners and no goalie.

In both scenarios, only five of the protected runners can be offensive players, and that list is subject to Commissioner Nick Sakiewicz’s approval. In addition, no member club shall be required to lose more players than the number of expansion teams entering the Expansion Draft. Clubs are not allowed to protect more players once a current player has been drafted.

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This move has long been expected.

 

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We cannot see number four happening. Years ago the NLL allowed persons to own more than one team. We cannot see the NLL going back to that particular ownership model. Buckle up it is going to be a fun offseason.

1—The K-Hawks leaving Rochester is an unfounded rumor and pure speculation.

2—Styres could move the team, possibly to Halifax, a lacrosse-loving city where he’d probably be the toast of the town and get a sweetheart arena deal.

3—Styres could acquire an NLL expansion team and play at Six Nations in Ontario. It is a relatively small arena but the team would have a passionate following.

4—The Pegulas could take over operation of Blue Cross Arena at the War Memorial. The K-hawks would remain in Rochester. A new NLL by-law permits a person(s) to own more than one team. Was this by-law inserted to allow for this specific situation? The Pegulas, who own the NLL Buffalo Bandits, presumably would seek a new owner for the K-hawks. I assume Jody Gage would play a prominent role in selecting a coach and stocking the team.

 

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Nine goal second half propel Rush to NLL Cup Champions. Jeff Shatler was named NLL Finals MVP with a four goals and one assist performance. Mark Matthews had eight assists.  Evan Kirk made 37 saves.  The Rush claim their third league championship in four years.

 

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For some reason we still see the Black Wolves offense struggling.

Rochester 13 Saskatchewan 8

Posted: June 2, 2018 in NLL, NLL Playoffs
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Rochester outscored Saskatchewan 5-1 in the second quarter and never looked back.  The series now shifts back to Saskatchewan for the third and final game. ( Dam the NLL season is too long, just end it already)

 

San Diego has won the coin flip and will select first in the entry draft.  Leaving Philadelphia to select first in the expansion draft.

Commissioner mentioned NLL will be a 14 team league soon and will continue to water down the on floor product as a result.

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Image  —  Posted: June 1, 2018 in NLL, Philadelphia Wings, San Diego Seals

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For those curious about the number of Knighthawks season ticket holders. The magic number is 1,728.