Edmonton Rush play by play man Jason Gregor, who host’s the Jason Gregor Show on TEAM 1260 in Edmonton, had the opportunity to talk with Rush GM/Coach Derek Keenan today at shootaround and asked the question that has been on everyone’s mind since Monday; Will Paul Rabil play?? To bring everyone up to speed, Rabil and the Washington Stealth, the team that drafted him back in 2009 and most recently traded him to Edmonton, had been trying to work a deal for the past couple seasons. According to Rabil’s agent, Chaka Bainbridge, ‘Paul is looking to get closer to his home and various work commitments in the Baltimore area and has the utmost respect for [the entire Rush organization] and hopes that something can be worked out to accommodate that request.’
The talks between the Rush and Stealth were off and on for the past few weeks and both teams had hoped that this deal would allow them to fill their needs. However, according to Keenan, they were not granted permission by the Stealth organization to contact Rabil to see if he would be willing to play in the City of Champions. So now the Rush, after ‘rolling the dice’, have traded away a player with whom they couldn’t come to agreement on contract terms to having a player that would prefer to play closer to home.
In the interview with Gregor, Keenan states that they are reevaluating the situation and will try to make something work. To send Rabil back east would obviously bring four teams into play but you can probably take Toronto out of the picture as Rabil would prefer to be on a US-based team. So that leaves Buffalo, Rochester and Philadelphia. Philadelphia doesn’t have much to offer the Rush in the form of value for a trade, while Buffalo has just sent a few first round picks to the Minnesota Swarm so that could pull them out, leaving Rochester as a possible front runner.
With their recent suspension of players due to an incident in Minnesota, Rochester may be in need of an impact player that could come in right away. But seeing as this is the NLL, you can never really count any team out. Talks of a three-team trade between Edmonton, Buffalo and Minnesota were swirling around but those seem to have cooled off.
So as of right now, the Rush still have an all-star calibre player, one with lots of return value, sitting on the sidelines asking to be traded. But much like the Swarm, Edmonton has stockpiled enough first rounders to know they have a bright future. However, as one fellow insider stated, “Bruce (Urban) must have about had it with player demands.”
Stay tuned to IL Indoor for more as this story develops.Teddy Jenner is one the leading sources for lacrosse information. He comes by his love of lax honestly with a lifetime of experience, two Mann Cup championships and six years of play in the NLL. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org, follow him on Twitter @OffTheCrosseBar or catch him on Team 1410 radio in Vancouver, B.C., as the host and producer of the Off the Crosse-Bar Radio Show In 2012, he was awarded the BCLA's Norm Wright Merit Award- handed out to a member of the media deemed to have have contributed to the promotion of lacrosse.
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