What do Stealth risk by releasing Iannucci?

The release of Athan Iannucci by Vancouver took many by surprise this week. (Photo: Ward Laforme Jr.)
The release of Athan Iannucci by Vancouver took many by surprise this week. (Photo: Ward Laforme Jr.)

The release of Athan Iannucci by the Vancouver Stealth was, by far, the most surprising cut among many as National Lacrosse League teams prepare for the 2014 season. That, according to the poll we published earlier this week. That means lots of fans are wondering why the move was made and columnist Steve Ewen of The Province went ahead and tackled that question. “Iannucci is a guy who’s at his best with the ball in his stick, and the Stealth already have two of the premier guys in the game in that regard with Rhys Duch and Lewis Ratcliff, their second leading scorer in 2013,” writes Ewen. “And as much as Iannucci said all the right things about wanting to do the dirty work for Duch and Ratcliff by setting picks and snapping up loose balls, Iannucci’s work ethic has come into question.” Ewen mentions the healthy scratches for Iannucci for both the Stealth and the Langley Thunder, but Ewen also writes of the risks in letting a player of Iannucci’s abilities go, including losing go-to experience, losing depth on the right side and the chance to market a player who lives blocks away from the team’s new home in Langley.

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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