Archive for July, 2016

NLL talks Philly Return

Posted: July 28, 2016 in NLL, Philadelphia
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One of the worst kept secrets of NLL expansion. Was acknowledged by NLL commissioner Nick Sakiewicz. today to Philly.com While light on details. Discussions are on going.  According to Sakiewicz.

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2016 NLL HOF Finalists

Posted: July 28, 2016 in Uncategorized

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Only sure fire one to be inducted is Tavares. Followed by Sanderson. The others might have wait.

Draft Date

Posted: July 27, 2016 in Uncategorized

The National Lacrosse League has announced the 2016 NLL Draft will take place on Monday, Sept. 26 at Toronto Rock Athletic Centre (TRAC) in Oakville, Ontario. Watch live on NLL.com starting at 7 p.m. ET as the league welcomes its newest crop of rookies ahead of the 2017 season.

League events at TRAC begin with the 2016 NLL Combine from Saturday, Sept. 24 to Sunday, Sept. 25 as prospects look to showcase their skills to the teams one final time before Monday’s Draft. The 2016 NLL Season Awards Ceremony is set for Tuesday, Sept. 27 with the league announcing winners from the pool of finalists along with All-Pro and All-Rookie Teams.

Press Release

This is  a safe hire by the Rock. Feels like a Wings hire, “keeping it in the family”. Now lets see what Rock management give Sawyer to work with. Going to be tough to crack in the top three in the East, regardless.

2016 Draft Order

Posted: July 22, 2016 in Uncategorized

Subject to change of course.

FIRST ROUND 
1. Saskatchewan (from Vancouver)
2. Toronto
3. Saskatchewan (from Rochester)
4. Georgia
5. Calgary
6. Rochester (from New England)
7. Rochester (from Colorado)
8. Georgia (from Buffalo)
9. Saskatchewan
10. Georgia (compensatory selection)

SECOND ROUND
11. Vancouver
12. Toronto (from Toronto via New England)
13. Buffalo (from Rochester)
14. Georgia
15. Calgary
16. Buffalo (from New England)
17. Georgia (from Colorado)
18. Buffalo
19. Saskatchewan
20. Georgia (compensatory selection)
21. Calgary (compensatory selection)

THIRD ROUND
22. Georgia (from Vancouver)
23. Toronto
24. Georgia (from Rochester)
25. Georgia
26. Calgary
27. Calgary (from New England)
28. Georgia (from Colorado)
29. Rochester (from Buffalo)
30. Saskatchewan
31. Buffalo (compensatory selection)

FOURTH ROUND
32. Vancouver
33. New England (from Toronto)
34. Rochester
35. Georgia
36. Calgary
37. New England
38. Colorado
39. Buffalo
40. Saskatchewan

FIFTH ROUND
41. Vancouver
42. Toronto
43. Rochester
44. Georgia
45. Calgary
46. Colorado
47. Buffalo
48. Saskatchewan

SIXTH ROUND
49. Vancouver
50. Toronto
51. Rochester
52. Buffalo (from Georgia)
53. Calgary
54. New England
55. Colorado
56. New England (from Buffalo)
57. Saskatchewan

The Swarm, Roughnecks and Buffalo Bandits were awarded compensatory draft selections as a result of losing players to unrestricted free agency prior to the 2016 NLL season.

The Swarm will receive a first-round selection (10th overall) in the 2016 NLL Draft and one selection at the conclusion of the first round of the 2017 NLL Draft for losing forward Callum Crawford, who signed with the Colorado Mammoth. Georgia was also awarded a second-round selection (20th overall) in 2016 after defenseman Greg Downing signed with the Mammoth.

The Roughnecks have been awarded a second-round selection (21st overall) in the 2016 NLL Draft for losing defenseman Jeff Moleski, who signed with the Vancouver Stealth.

The Bandits will receive a third-round selection (31st overall) in the 2016 NLL Draft after losing defenseman Derek Suddons to the New England Black Wolves.

The awarding of compensatory draft selections is outlined in the league’s Collective Bargaining Agreement under Article 7 (Free Agency) in Section 7.2 (Unrestricted Free Agency):

F. Compensatory Draft Selections. Any club that loses an Unrestricted Free Agent shall be eligible to receive a compensatory draft selection(s) that will be issued by the League in a formula to be determined solely by the League.

Information regarding the 2016 NLL Draft and Combine (including eligibility and registration information) will be announced in the coming weeks with more details forthcoming.

NLL Free Agency Tracker

Posted: July 20, 2016 in Uncategorized

Almost time for NLL free agency. Wake us when the schedule is released.

Buffalo Bandits

Restricted Free Agents

Mitch Jones
Joe Smith
Nick Weiss

Unrestricted Free Agents

David Brock
Chad Culp
Jamie Rooney
Billy Dee Smith
Jay Thorimbert
Andrew Watt

Calgary Roughnecks

Restricted Free Agents

Tyler Burton
Tyler Digby (signed)
Greg Harnett
Curtis Manning
Garrett McIntosh (signed)

Potential Restricted Free Agents

Jon Harnett
Dan MacRae

Unrestricted Free Agents

Scott Carnegie
Pete McFetridge
Mike Poulin

Colorado Mammoth

Restricted Free Agents

Joey Cupido
Jackson Decker

Potential Restricted Free Agents

Cam Holding

Unrestricted Free Agents

Tyler Codron
Ilija Gajic
Jamie Lincoln
John Orsen
Chet Koneczny

Georgia Swarm

Restricted Free Agents

Zach Higgins

Potential Restricted Free Agents

Brodie MacDonald (qualified)
Johnny Powless (qualified)

Unrestricted Free Agents

Drew Petkoff

New England Black Wolves

Restricted Free Agents

Dan Ball
Tye Belanger
Ned Crotty
Ryan Hotaling
Jeff Reynolds

Potential Restricted Free Agents

Kyle Buchanan (qualified & signed)
Mike McNamara (qualified)
Max Seibald (Blast for the past, too bad he sucks indoors.)

Unrestricted Free Agents

Kevin Buchanan
Brett Bucktooth
Stephen Hoar
Brett Manney (signed)
Brendan Mundorf
Kyle Hartzell

Rochester Knighthawks

Restricted Free Agents

Dylan Evans (signed)
Josh Gillam

Potential Restricted Free Agents

Mike Manley

Unrestricted Free Agents

Mac Allen
Scott Campbell (signed)
Scott Self
Cory Vitarelli

Saskatchewan Rush

Restricted Free Agents

Tyler Carlson
Curtis Knight (signed)
Riley Loewen
Jeremy Thompson

Potential Restricted Free Agents

Chris Corbeil (qualified)
Kyle Rubisch (qualified)

Unrestricted Free Agents

Aaron Bold (Franchise tag?)

Toronto Rock

Restricted Free Agents

Bradley Kri
Scott Johnston
Brock Sorensen

Potential Restricted Free Agents

Paul Rabil
Nick Rose

Unrestricted Free Agents

Kasey Beirnes
Colin Doyle
Jeff Gilbert
Bill Greer
Mike Grimes
Stephan Leblanc
Rob Marshall
Pat Merrill
Brandon Miller

Vancouver Stealth

Restricted Free Agents

Travis Cornwall
Mitch McMichael
Justin Salt (signed)
Jarrett Toll

Potential Restricted Free Agents

Tyler Garrison (qualified)
Rory Smith

Unrestricted Free Agents

Ian Hawksbee
Curtis Hodgson (signed)
Jeff Moleski
Chris O’Dougherty
Tyler Richards
Cliff Smith

Move has been in the works for awhile. The league will now operate out of top floor suite at Spring Mill Corporate Center at 1100 E Hector Street. Now lets see if the Nick and co can grow the league’s footprint.

Press Release

Rock hire Assistant GM

Posted: July 5, 2016 in NLL, Toronto Rock

Press Release

The Josh Sanderson hiring comes as no surprise. It has long been expected. Too bad Dawick, did not step down as GM. Kind of reminds me the old boy network in Philly. Guess it will be a short list of head coach candidates. For the bench job in Toronto.

Rabil to Toronto

Posted: July 1, 2016 in Uncategorized

Press Release

What is in the water in Toronto?

Rock acquire American field star for fourth round pick in 2016. We do not understand this move from Toronto. As Rabil, will be a fly in. Also where does he fit? Surely there are better players available in Toronto’s backyard.  Since Rabil is a marginal box player to begin with. His bread and butter is field lacrosse.  Hence why he’s been out of the league since 2013.

Unless this trade was done. To flip Rabil to an expansion team in a year or two. (Dallas, Philly)