IL Indoor has confirmed through multiple sources that the Philadelphia Wings have agreed to terms with unrestricted free agent Ryan Ward. It had been speculated over the past few weeks that the Edmonton Rush were not going to sign the 10th-year forward out of Victoria, B.C., leading him to test the free agent waters. Spending the past four years in Edmonton, many felt that with the retirement of Jimmy Quinlan, Ward would be the easy choice to replace Quinlan as captain. However, Ward didn’t attend Rush camp this past week and with Chris Corbeil being named captain, the writing was on the wall. Rush GM Derek Keenan confirmed with IL that Ward had been offered a contract but the sides couldn’t reach an agreement. Wings GM Johnny Mouradian told IL Indoor about the acquisition exclusively today and it was then confirmed by Ward’s agent Rich Furlong, who said Tuesday night that once it was made clear a deal wasn’t going to be reached with the Rush “a number of other teams stepped up.” Terms were not announced at the time but Furlong adds that they are very good terms for Ward. READ MORE »
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The Edmonton Rush are not a National Lacrosse League secret. They’re a good team, a team capable of winning a championship but one of the bigger issues is slow starts to the season that has them continually digging when it comes to stretch play. This season, the Rush say it’s going to be different. “The playoff format has changed,” new Rush captain Chris Corbeil told The Edmonton Journal heading into last weekend’s training camp. “Only the top three on each side are making the playoffs, so not the top four, and we need to be going right out of the gate. That’s important, definitely.” The smaller playoff field, along with smaller rosters, will create a sense of urgency not seen before in the NLL and that, said Corbeil, could help the Rush achieve that goal of a good start to the season. “The change in structure, the roster sizes, it’s definitely increased the competitiveness tenfold at camp, for sure,” he said.
The Edmonton Rush are very pleased to announce Chris Corbeil as the new Team Captain heading into the 2014 National Lacrosse League season.
Entering his fifth NLL season, Corbeil has become the on-floor leader for the Rush and replaces outgoing Captain Jimmy Quinlan, who retired following the 2013 season and is now the Rush’s defensive coach. Quinlan was the final remaining member of the original Rush roster from the inaugural 2006 season and the longest-serving player in team history, missing only one regular-season game in eight season.
Corbeil, who hails from London, Ontario, had a breakout season in 2013, setting career-highs in points (14), goals (9), and forced turnovers (21), to go with 107 loose balls and a team record of four shorthanded goals. READ MORE »
The National Lacrosse League has announced that the Edmonton Rush have matched the offer sheet from the Buffalo Bandits for restricted free agent Ryan Dilks and have signed the defenseman to the four-year deal. The Rush reserved the right to match the offer within 72 hours, with a deadline of 8:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, Nov. 28, in order to retain the defenseman on their roster and did so in less than 24 hours.
Dilks is entering his fourth NLL season and has spent the last two years with the Rush. The Hamilton, Ontario native has recorded 21 points (12+9), 140 loose balls and 26 penalty minutes in 44 career games played along with three points (1+2) and 11 loose balls in three playoff games.
Dilks is the second RFA to sign an offer sheet with another club during this year’s free agent signing period. Mac Allen signed with the Rochester Knighthawks last week after the Colorado Mammoth opted not to match the offer.
Buffalo Bandits General Manager Steve Dietrich announced today that the team has submitted an offer sheet to the National Lacrosse League for Edmonton Rush restricted free agent Ryan Dilks.
Edmonton now has 72 hours to match the offer to retain Dilks’ services with a deadline of 8:30 p.m. ET on Thurs., Nov. 28.
Dilks, a defenseman, will be entering his fourth NLL season, the last two of which have been spent as a member of the Rush. The 23-year old Hamilton, Ontario native has appeared in a total of 44 career games, tallying 21 points (12+9), 140 loose balls and 26 penalty minutes. He has also contributed three points (1+2) and 11 loose balls in three career playoff outings.
Edmonton Rush general manager and head coach Derek Keenan announced that the team has re-signed forward Mark Matthews to a five-year contract agreement. The first overall selection from the 2012 NLL Entry Draft led the team in scoring and captured many league accolades during his rookie season including the 2013 NLL Rookie of the Year award.
Matthews led the Rush and finished fifth in the league with 38 goals – the third-highest goal total for a rookie in NLL history. Matthews was a three-time winner of the NLL’s Rookie of the Month, took home Rookie of the Week honors for a nine-point game against Washington during last season, and was named NLL Offensive Player of the Week for netting 11 goals in a weekend set against the Stealth and Mammoth. Matthews led all NLL rookies with 69 points. READ MORE »
It was no surprise when the Edmonton Rush reached for offence in the first round of the 2013 National Lacrosse League Entry Draft. Once again in 2013 the Rush had had among the best defensive clubs in the league; they allowed just 170 goals, second-fewest in the league. And while the offence has made strides over the last couple of years, there’s no question they could use the infusion of talent that they hope they have gotten by taking Robert Church fifth overall from the Coquitlam Adanacs and Drexel University. Church will be aiming to play his first full regular season of box lacrosse since his rookie year in the BCJALL and the Rush will be hoping he can bring the kind of playoff scoring to them that he enjoyed with the Adanacs. READ MORE »
Edmonton Rush general manager and head coach Derek Keenan announced that the team has re-signed second-year forward Curtis Knight to a three-year agreement, goalie Brodie MacDonald to a two-year agreement, along with defensemen John Lintz, Jeff Cornwall, Mitch Banister, forwards Dane Stevens, Alex Turner and goalie Dave Marrese to one-year agreements. Additionally, the Rush have agreed to one-year agreements with 2013 NLL Entry Draft picks Ben Snider and Reid Mydske.
“Curtis had an immediate impact on the offense team last year, having him in a Rush jersey for three years is great for this team,” Keenan said. “He had a great off-season…he continues to get stronger.”
Knight finished the 2013 season with 46 points (19 goals+ 27 assists), breaking the Rush single-season record with 27 assists, previously held by teammate Corey Small (22).
The Rush’s training camp for the 2014 season opens in Edmonton on Thursday, Nov. 28 and runs through Sunday, Dec. 1 while the team’s second training camp session will be held in Toronto from Thursday, Dec. 12 to Sunday, Dec. 15.
The NLL free agent signing period is now underway as Tuesday, Oct. 29 was the last day for teams to make qualifying offers to veteran players on their rosters. Veteran players who did not receive qualifying offers for the 2014 season became Restricted Free Agents while others became Unrestricted Free Agents.
If a team signs a Restricted Free Agent to a contract, the player’s current team can retain that player by matching the offer within a specified time frame. There is no right to match an offer and retain the rights of an Unrestricted Free Agent. Active players entering free agency are listed team-by-team below. READ MORE »
If you’re a fan of the Edmonton Rush and Georges St-Pierre, you’re in luck. The mixed-martial artist will be on hand for the Rush’s Jan. 11 National Lacrosse League home opener against the Colorado Mammoth. The 3-time Canadian Athlete of the Year is one of the most successful MMA fighters in the world. “To reach out to athletes with similar vision of passion and achieving excellence within their sport is a great opportunity for me. I am excited to join the Rush in their season home opener, meet their passionate fans and come to the city of Edmonton,” said St-Pierre at EdmontonRush.com. Rush fans will have the opportunity to meet St-Pierre at halftime through contest opportunities during the first half of the game.