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Well Wes Berg finally got his freedom from the Calgary Roughnecks, and is heading to the San Diego Seals.

The trade breaks down as follows

The Roughnecks has received  defenseman Shane Simpson, a first round pick in the 2019 NLL Entry Draft (8th overall) and a second-round selection in 2021 from the San Diego Seals in exchange for forward Wesley Berg.

Good deal for both clubs.


Rochester Knighthawks trade Shane Simpson to the San Diego Seals in exchange for Turner Evans.

Hawks continue to build their roster.

Press Release

The deal is for one year.

Teams will submit a list of 11 players they wish to protect ahead of the Expansion Draft.

Per the CBA, a maximum of five forwards and one goaltender can be put on a team’s protected player list.

Well the league has published the protected players lists. Some interesting names available to Rochester and New York.

Curious move by Philadelphia not protecting a goaltender.  Let the bitching by Philly faithful begin.

Anyway let the backroom deals begin in earnest. Check out the lists below.



Press Release 

The nominees for each award are:

Rookie of the Year

  • Ian MacKay – Buffalo Bandits
  • Matt Rambo – Philadelphia Wings
  • Austin Staats – San Diego Seals

Defensive Player of the Year

  • Graeme Hossack – Rochester Knighthawks
  • Steve Priolo – Buffalo Bandits
  • Kyle Rubisch – Saskatchewan Rush

Transition Player of the Year

  • Zach Currier – Calgary Roughnecks
  • Kiel Matisz – Philadelphia Wings
  • Challen Rogers – Toronto Rock

Goaltender of the Year

  • Christian Del Bianco – Calgary Roughnecks
  • Matt Vinc – Buffalo Bandits
  • Dillon Ward – Colorado Mammoth

Most Valuable Player

  • Dane Dobbie – Calgary Roughnecks
  • Lyle Thompson – Georgia Swarm
  • Matt Vinc – Buffalo Bandits

Sportsmanship Award

  • Dan Dawson – San Diego Seals
  • Tom Schreiber – Toronto Rock
  • Lyle Thompson – Georgia Swarm

Teammate of the Year

  • Kyle Buchanan – San Diego Seals
  • Chad Cummings – Calgary Roughnecks
  • John Ranagan – Georgia Swarm

Les Bartley Award, Head Coach of the Year

  • Curt Malawsky – Calgary Roughnecks
  • Matt Sawyer – Toronto Rock
  • John Tavares/Rich Kilgour – Buffalo Bandits

General Manager of the Year

  • Mike Board – Calgary Roughnecks
  • Steve Dietrich – Buffalo Bandits
  • Patrick Merrill – San Diego Seals

Executive of the Year

  • Terri Giberson – Toronto Rock
  • Lindsey Masciangelo – Philadelphia Wings
  • Dave Zygai – Buffalo Bandits

This just goes to show how little media coverage the NLL gets. 

Tom Borelli Award, Media Person of the Year

  • Bob Chavez – IL Indoor ( Enjoyed his work at the D and C. Now not so much. )
  • Tyson Geick – Lacrosse Flash ( Former league employee and still has his head up his ass. )
  • Barstool Jordie – Barstool Sports ( Barstool has more negatives than positives that we can think of. Just ask IB.  Jordie is an asshole to boot.

Who is the executive vice chairman of Alibaba? That’s right Joe Tsai owner of the San Diego Seals. Tsai himself has been spending a lot of coin recently. While this does not have any impact of the Seals or any other of Tsai’s toys. ( At least not yet.) It does raise some red flags.


No the Seals are not moving…not yet anyway.  However, one has to wonder if San Diego sports fans will embrace the Seals franchise over the long haul. Early returns are not promising.

From a season high opening night crowd of 11,323 to a season low crowd of 5,005 for a home playoff game.  The Seals averaged 7,769 fans for nine home games and 5,005 for one home playoff game. Although the announced numbers do not pass the eyeball test at times.

While Seals are not in any immediate danger of relocating. One has to wonder if the Seals are in San Diego for the long haul. Season two could be very telling if attendance does not increase.

Which would be a black eye for the league that is desperate to gain a foothold in the Western US after failures in Anaheim, Arizona, and San Jose and expansion to San Francisco ( Which is another failure just waiting to happen, but that is a topic for another time.)




Box Score

Attendance 5,005

The San Diego Seals were fifteen minutes away from moving on to the West Division Final and hosting the Colorado Mammoth. However, the Calgary Roughnecks had other ideas and used a four goal fourth quarter to advance to the West Division Final and end the Seals season.

Dane Dobbie led the Roughnecks with three goals and four assists. Christian Del Bianco made 43 saves in between the pipes for the Roughnecks.  Turner Evans led the Seals with three goals and one assist.

Only if Austin Staats stayed healthy….

The Calgary Roughnecks will host the Colorado Mammoth Friday May 10 faceoff is set for 9 PM ET.

Friday May 3 Colorado at Saskatchewan 9:30 PM ET

Saturday May 4 New England at Buffalo  7:30 PM ET

Monday May 6 Toronto at Georgia 7:30 PM ET

Monday May 6 Calgary at San Diego 10:30 PM ET

Box Score

Attendance 8,357

Chase Fraser led the Bandits with three goals and three assists. Matt Vinc made 29 saves and Zach Higgins made 25 saves in relief. We are calling hogwash on the 8,375 attendance number. Unless many fans came dressed as empty seats.

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