Dan McRae Re-signing Is Great News For Calgary Roughnecks

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September 1, 2015

The Calgary Roughnecks locked down one of their key young players on defence this week when they re-signed Dan McRae to a one-year deal. McRae was Calgary’s sixth-overall pick in the 2010 NLL draft, their second of three first-round selections that year (they took Curtis Dickson with the third-overall pick and Brandon Ivey with the eighth-overall pick). He has been with the team ever since, averaging just a hair under…


Are the Calgary Roughnecks Rebuilding?

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August 21, 2015

The Calgary Roughnecks have made a splash so far during the free agent period, not so much for what they have done, but for what they haven’t. To start things off, they very quietly released all-time faceoff wins leader Geoff Snider to become an unrestricted free agent. They have also let free agents Daryl Veltman, Travis Cornwall, and Jeff Moleski move on as well. While they have re-signed transition players…


Calgary Roughnecks Dump Future HoFer Snider, No One Notices

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August 18, 2015

  In October of 2000, Tony Gwynn was granted free agency from the San Diego Padres for the first time in his Major League career. A year earlier, on Aug 6, 1999, he had become a member of the 3,000 hit club, assuring him of a future spot in baseball’s Hall of Fame. Needless to say, when word got out that Gwynn was on the market, it was front page…


Calgary Roughnecks Lose Daryl Veltman

August 11, 2015

The Buffalo Bandits have signed unrestricted free agent Daryl Veltman to a two-year deal, drawing the leftie forward away from the Calgary Roughnecks. This ends a five-year relationship between the Roughnecks and Veltman, who they acquired after the Boston Blazers folded. In five seasons with the Riggers, Veltman contributed 265 points (87 goals, 178 assists) with his biggest impact coming on the powerplay where he notched 30 goals and 75…


2015 NLL Off Season Plan: Calgary Roughnecks

August 6, 2015

Following a disappointing 2015 regular season that saw them squeak into the playoffs on the last day of the season, the Calgary Roughnecks had a good playoff run that took them all the way to a tie-breaking mini-game in the West Division Finals against eventual Champion’s Cup winners, the Edmonton Rush. Now Calgary’s front office needs to look back at what transpired in 2015 and figure out how to move…


What The Black Wolves Need To Do To Become Contenders

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July 23, 2015

The New England Black Wolves finished the 2015 campaign with a league-worst 4-14 record. They won their first two games, meaning they went a horrible 2-14 after the quick start. Their last win of the season came on Apr 4 when they squeaked past the Buffalo Bandits 12-11 and then they wrapped up the season with six straight losses. Needless to say, the team has some things to work on…


Is Mark Matthews the Next John Grant Jr.?

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July 17, 2015

Mark Matthews tore it up in the NLL in 2015, setting the Edmonton Rush franchise record for points in a season (115) while leading the team to their first-ever Champion’s Cup. The former first-overall pick for the Rush has lived up to the advanced hype and then some, drawing comparisons to other similar stars, such as the Colorado Mammoth’s John Grant Jr. But is Matthews really the next Grant Jr.?…


NLL 2015 Les Bartley Award Candidates

July 5, 2015

The nominees for the NLL Head Coach of the Year Award—also known as the Les Bartley Award—have been announced and now it’s a matter of waiting until September to see who the winner is. The nominees for 2015 are Mike Hasen of the Rochester Knighthawks, Derek Keenan of the Edmonton Rush, and John Lovell of the Toronto Rock. Lovell and Keenan faced each other in the Champion’s Cup this year,…


NLL Rookie of the Year Candidates: Who Will They Be?

June 23, 2015

Although the Rookie of the Year nominees won’t be revealed until tomorrow, we can still take an educated guess at to who the candidates will be. Third pick overall Miles Thompson had a great rookie season for the Minnesota Swarm with 27 goals and 62 points. Thompson was second on the Swarm in both categories and 28th overall in the NLL. His strong rookie campaign bodes well for his ability…


NLL Goaltender of the Year Candidates

June 21, 2015

As the offseason continues, the NLL is continuing to release the candidates for the league’s various top honours. On Thursday the Goaltender of the Year nominees were revealed. For the second year in a row, Aaron Bold of the Edmonton Rush was nominated. For the second straight year, Bold led the league in goals against average, at 9.44, and wins, with 12. Brandon Miller of the Toronto Rock was nominated…