National Lacrosse League clubs continue to announce signings and Franchise Player designations, plus the Toronto Rock and Buffalo Bandits completed a trade over the last couple of days. Buffalo acquired defender Glen Bryan and forward Jamie Rooney from the Rock in exchange for a second-round pick (14th overall) in this year’s entry draft plus a fourth-rounder in 2014 [editor's note: updated release from Toronto Rock provided corrected year]. “We are very excited to add both Glen and Jamie,” said Buffalo’s new GM, Steve Dietrich. “We thought that getting a chance to add two players that have a strong chance to play in our opening night lineup for a second-round pick was too much to pass up.”
Buffalo also announced that they have designated Tracey Kelusky and Anthony Cosmo as their franchise players for 2013. By declaring an Unrestricted Free Agent as a Franchise Player, a club ensures they will retain the player’s services for the upcoming season. Teams can declare up to two franchise players each year.
The Knighthawks applied the franchise player tag to Casey Powell. He was originally chosen first overall by Rochester in the 1999 entry draft and was re-acquired in the Boston Blazers dispersal draft last year. Powell didn’t play in 2012.
Rochester also announced the signings of a pair of returning players, defender Tyler Burton and goalie Jake Henhawk. “I am excited to have signed with the Knighthawks again and thankful that they believe in me as a player. The Knighthawks have the best front office, coaching staff and fans in the league,” said Burton. “I can’t wait to defend what we earned last season. This team gave me a shot when no one else did, and I wouldn’t want to play anywhere else.”
Out west, the Washington Stealth have resigned defender Mike Grimes. “Mike is without question one of the top defenders in the NLL and is an anchor on our back end,” said Stealth General Manager Doug Locker. “Having him back in 2013 was a very important priority for our organization.”
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