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Rush set up bright NLL future

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Just yesterday I was whining about the lack of mid-week news in the National Lacrosse League and now today, I don’t know where to start! Tuesday’s trade deadline is giving us plenty to chat up, and lots of ya are talkin’ about the deal that sent Calgary’s Lewis Ratcliff to Toronto in exchange for Josh Sanderson. Rightly so. Huge deal. But has anyone noticed what’s goin’ on over in Edmonton?

Look beyond the departure of Chris Gill to Colorado and Mike Accursi to Buffalo. Have ya seen what’s gone┬áback to Edmonton?

“Now we have two first-round picks in 2008 and two in ‘09,” Rush GM and coach Bob Hamley told the Edmonton Journal. “When I came here we didn’t have any first-round picks.”

THAT’S what I’m talkin’ about, Willis. Parting with Gill and Accursi wasn’t easy, but it’s not like Hamley’s left the team hanging. Earlier deals brought in Lindsay Plunkett and Mike Hominuck, and a separate deal on Tuesday adds Dan Teat to the offense. And since Hamley’s guided the Rush to two wins since his arrival in late February, his results are hard to debate.

The Rush are just a half-game out of a playoff spot in the West so not only are they still contending for this year, Hammer’s got the franchise in a sweet position to build on the future. Yeah, it’s definitely Hammer Time.

Chavez is an avid lacrosse player in Rochester and a journalist for the Democrat and Chronicle as well as a longtime Inside Lacrosse contributor. Email him at bob.chavez@nllinsider.com or go to RochesterSports.com.

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