Ah, the power of the social media. Minnesota Wild forward Matt Kassian was asked on Twitter whether he’s a Rush or Swarm fan. The Edmonton native replied that it depended who gave him a jersey. Into the breach road Swarm captain Andrew Suitor with a honey-combed uniform bearing Kassian’s name and number on the back. So, swarm fans, you may want to be on the lookout for an Andrew Suitor #20 Minnesota Wild jersey around town in the future, too.
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As the dust settles from the Boston Blazers dispersal draft last Friday, we can start to take a look at who improved the most. And make no mistake, almost everyone will be better next year than they were last. Between Orlando folding in the 2010 off-season and the Blazers closing shop this one, the NLL is concentrating its talent pool among fewer teams. The result is a level of play that may be the best in the history of the league. After the jump, see who made the biggest strides toward being competitive next year and who has established themselves as the early favourites in the Mark Matthews derby, heading toward the first pick in the 2012 entry draft. Below are the teams in order of how well they did. The number is parentheses is their position in the draft, so you can compare how a team fared relative to what would have been expected based on when it was selecting. READ MORE »
NLLInsider.com’s Teddy Jenner talks to Toronto Rock defender Pat Merrill about the failed Orlando franchise and his subsequent free agency that helped him avoid the dispersal draft, his situation with the Rock and other endeavors like the Hill Academy, a school he, his father and brother Brodie help start and run in Ontario. READ MORE »
And the aftershocks of the Orlando Titans demise just keep coming this week, unrestricted free agent 11-year vet forward Pat Maddalena signing today with the East champion Toronto Rock, Maddalena joining former Titan teammates Matt Vinc, Matt Zash and Mike McLellan, all four finding themselves in new NLL sweaters over the last 24 hours.
Maddalena was granted unrestricted free agency, along with Pat Merrill who also signed with Toronto, earlier this off-season after the players claimed unpaid portions of their 2010 contract with their former franchise. After the jump, check out what Maddalena has to say about joining Toronto. READ MORE »
From Press Release
The Toronto Rock Lacrosse Club have acquired unrestricted free agent and former Orlando Titans defender Patrick Merrill to a four year deal this week. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Introduced into the NLL as a Rock player in 2003, Merrill played in Toronto for the first five seasons of his career until he was picked up second overall by the New York Titans during the 2007 Expansion Draft. READ MORE »
The National Lacrosse League has announced the schedule for the 2011 regular season. The 25th season of professional indoor lacrosse begins on Saturday, January 8th, with all ten teams in action. The regular season consists of 16 weeks and concludes on April 23. Each team plays a 16-game regular season schedule, with eight home games.
The Washington Stealth, the league’s defending champions, open their season at the Colorado Mammoth, then come home on January 9th to host the Calgary Roughnecks.
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Inside Lacrosse has received a host of complaints from Orlando Titans 2011 season-tickets holders over the past few weeks who haven’t been able to get in contact with the team to get their money back. Those requests have been forwarded to the National Lacrosse League office, which has deferred to the Titans public relations company.
The Titans will not be playing the 2011 season, and they’re currently in search of a buyer for the franchise. Via public relations firm Tom Gibson Communications, the Titans finally released a statement Tuesday morning (see below) saying that once a buyer is found for the team, season-ticket holders will get their money back.
Orlando, FL — Orlando Titans majority owner Gary Rosenbach today announced that he is placing the franchise on the sale block for $1.4 million. The last three National Lacrosse League franchises sold have ranged from $3 million to $5.575 million for the Rochester Knighthawks in May of 2008.
“Today’s announcement was a very hard one for me to make,” said Rosenbach. “I am first and foremost a fan of professional indoor lacrosse and have done everything within my means to help the sport grow and succeed in both Orlando and New York. However, it saddens me to say that it’s time for me to pass the torch on to someone else who shares my passion for the sport and the desire to see the Titans succeed.”
The Colorado Mammoth selected goaltender Matt Vinc with the first selection in a dispersal draft of Orlando Titans players on Friday. Vinc was named the National Lacrosse League’s 2010 Goaltender of the Year. The 2010 NLL Most Valuable Player, Casey Powell, went second overall to the Boston Blazers.
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DENVER – The Colorado Mammoth announced today that the team has acquired the rights to goaltender Matt Vinc from the Orlando Titans. As part of a National Lacrosse League dispersal draft of the Titans, Colorado also landed Jarett Park, Chad Thompson, Marc Burton and Bryan Barrett.
Vinc, a four-year starter for the Titans, is widely regarded as one of the best net minders in the NLL. His 10-5 record last season was accompanied by a .810 save percentage while Vinc stopped an incredible 609 shots – all league bests. The five-year veteran has amassed 2204 saves in 66 regular season games. The 6’1”, 225lb. Canisius alum has also appeared in seven playoff contests, sporting a 4-3 record and an additional 230 saves. The 2010 NLL Goaltender Of The Year has four career games with 50 or more saves.
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