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One on One with NLL Commissioner George Daniel

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What’s the good word lax fans? Did you miss me? It’s been a few months since Jason Bloom and the Stealth hoisted the Champions Cup trophy over their heads and while many of the game’s top ballers have been plying their trade on the CLA floors or the MLL fields, I found myself asking “What have the big boys of the league been up to?” So I was able to track down NLL Commissioner George Daniel for a quick hitting one on one session. I didn’t go all Larry King or Oprah on him, so there will be no scandals revealed or tears shed; just a quick update on the general status of the NLL heading into the 2011 season. READ MORE »


League confirms Orlando Titans 2011 exit, franchise still alive and hopeful for 2012 return under restructured ownership

The NLL has confirmed that the Oraldno Titans will not be part of the 2011 season. (Scott McCall)
The NLL has confirmed that the Oraldno Titans will not be part of the 2011 season. (Scott McCall)

The National Lacrosse League has confirmed Insider’s earlier reports that the Orlando Titans will not be operating during the 2011 season via a brief article published on the league’s official website earlier today.

The league also confirms that although the team will not be participating during the upcoming season, “the club continues with efforts to restructure its ownership,” and, “The NLL looks forward to the return of the Titans to Orlando in 2012 once the new ownership of the team is re-structured.” The article on the league site also states, “A dispersal draft for the contract rights to the Titans players will be scheduled by the league.” READ MORE »


Maple Ridge Burrards clinch, Coquitlam Adanacs and Nanaimo Timbermen in the running for last spot, play tonight

Nanaimo coach Art Webster needs a win against his former team tonight. (Photo: Matt J. Wiater)
Nanaimo coach Art Webster needs a win against his former team tonight. (Photo: Matt J. Wiater)

One post-season spot remains in the Western Lacrosse Association, the Maple Ridge Burrards locking up their place in this year’s playoffs with a 10-9 win last night against the Langley Thunder, Randy Daly scoring the third period clincher and sending the Burrards to their first post-season berth since 2005.

“It’s hard not get emotional when you think about how long it’s been,” said Burrards head coach Daren Fridge in today’s Maple Ridge News. “I’m really proud of these guys. We’ve taken on the big teams and beaten them, and that’s what we’re going to keep doing.” READ MORE »


Chet Koneczny’s name added to growing list of Orlando Titans seeking unpaid portions of 2010 contracts

Chet Koneczny is one of a handful of former Titans with contractual issues. (Photo: Scott McCall)
Chet Koneczny is one of a handful of former Titans with contractual issues. (Photo: Scott McCall)

Insider has again confirmed with player agent Chaka Bainbridge that yet another one of his client’s is in the process of terminating their contract with the recently on the shelf Orlando Titans franchise due to alleged unpaid portions of his 2010 contract, Bainbridge telling Insider that Chet Koneczny informed him yesterday that like teammates Pat Maddalena, Pat Merrill, Jordan Hall, Rory Smith and Matt Vinc, he’ll be appealing to the league for his situation to be rectified as well. READ MORE »


Geoff Snider hopeful he can still suit up for Lakers, Peterborough appealing MSL decision to keep Snider on the sidelines

Geoff Snider is still hopefull he'll play for Peterborough this year. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)
Geoff Snider is still hopefull he'll play for Peterborough this year. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)

Earlier this week the Peterborough Examiner broke the news that after being told otherwise initially, the Peterborough Lakers were informed by Major Series Lacrosse commissioner Jim Brady that face-off and fight king Geoff Snider would not be permitted to suit up for the first place Lakers during this year’s playoffs, Snider not logging the required six regular season MSL or affiliated games needed to qualify for the post-season. Peterborough is currently resting on a bye during the loop’s first round series after finishing first overall in the regular season. READ MORE »


Billy Dee Smith to have MRI after injury with Team Canada in England, plus the links

Buffalo Bandits defender Billy Dee Smith will undergo an MRI this week. (Photo: Martin Allinson)
Buffalo Bandits defender Billy Dee Smith will undergo an MRI this week. (Photo: Martin Allinson)

Insider confirmed with Buffalo Bandits Director of Lacrosse Operations Scott Loffler that Billy Dee Smith, who reportedly went down with an injured knee while suiting up for Team Canada during the World Championships in England, will undergo an MRI sometime this week to determine the severity of his injury.

The injury occured during the first quarter of the gold medal game between Canada and the United States, Smith covering American attacker Drew Westervelt, his knee seemingly buckling after attempting to maintain coverage on the Philadelphia Wings power forward during a quick change of direction by Westervelt. READ MORE »


NLL Entry Draft: Hello, My Name is … Steve Waldeck

Steve Waldeck
Steve Waldeck

We live in a world that’s crazy for statistics. That’s great if you’re an attackman, or even a goalie. But if you’re a defenseman, there aren’t too many stats that come your way and that’s when the barometer of your game is measured with heart. Hustle and grit, determination and soul. And make no mistake, Steve Waldeck out of Stony Brook’s got plenty of all that. For proof, we offer the 1 goal he’s scored this summer for the MLL’s Toronto Nationals. One goal? Yeah, one goal. It’s not much, we know, but when you consider the circumstances of that one goal, it all comes together and gives a glimpse into the mindset of this fella and what can bring to a National Lacrosse League team. READ MORE »


Fourth Annual USIL Combine / Competition to be held August 28-29

Former USIL combine participant and impressive NLLer Ryan Hotaling. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)
Former USIL combine participant and impressive NLLer Ryan Hotaling. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)

From Press Release    US Indoor Lacrosse will hold its fourth annual Combine / Competition the weekend of August 28-29, 2010, at Turf City Indoor Sports Center in Wayne, NJ. The Combine / Competition is a two-day event, featuring agility testing, as well as indoor lacrosse drills & scrimmage play on Saturday, followed by an invitational tournament in front of pro GM’s and scouts on Sunday. READ MORE »


Bellies Captain Jarrett Toll breaks down the BC Finals – “No one wants to go in the back door to the Minto,” plus the links

'Special teams are going to play a huge part in this series, so we have to make sure we have the edge there' - Jarrett Toll
'Special teams are going to play a huge part in this series, so we have to make sure we have the edge there' - Jarrett Toll

While we await the start of the Calgary – Calgary series in Alberta, and the Orangeville – Six Nations battle in the East, last night was game one of the BCJALL Finals here on the West Coast.

For the second year in a row, it’s the Coquitlam Adanacs and the New Westminster Salmonbellies. The Adanacs scoring 4 goals in overtime to win 12-8 and move one win closer to becoming the BC Champs.

The catch here is that Coquitlam is hosting the 2010 Minto Cup so both these teams are already in. Will that affect the intensity of the final series? Will the A’s defend their title, or enter the Minto Cup through the back door? Insider spoke with the Bellies Captain and Defender of the Year Honourable Mention Jarrett Toll and got him to break down the series for us. READ MORE »


Matt Vinc also terminating contract for alleged unpaid portions by Titans, potentially seeking unrestricted free agency

Goaltender Matt Vinc joins a handful of former Orlando Titans teammates seeking unpaid portions of their 2010 contracts. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)
Goaltender Matt Vinc joins a handful of former Orlando Titans teammates seeking unpaid portions of their 2010 contracts. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)

Insider has confirmed with player agent Chaka Bainbridge that reigning Goaltender of the Year, Matt Vinc, is joining former Orlando Titans teammates Pat Maddalena, Pat Merrill, Jordan Hall and Rory Smith, Vinc also attempting to terminate his contract with the Titans franchise for similar unpaid portions during the 2010 season, potentially seeking unrestricted free agency, an option made available to him, and those previously mentioned, in their Standard Player Agreement. If Vinc is deemed a UFA, he will have the ability to sign anywhere in the league versus being dispersed in an impending Titans player draft, many feeling the keeper would have been selected first overall by the Colorado Mammoth, who it is assumed would own that pick.   READ MORE »