The Calgary Roughnecks have been busy this week—like everyone else—locking down their free agents.
Since the NLL’s Collective Bargaining Agreement was announced on Oct 22, the Roughnecks have signed forward Jeff Shattler to a three-year deal, defensemen Dan McRae and Jon Harnett to two-year deals, and forward Dane Dobbie and goaltender Frankie Scigliano to one-year contracts.
Calgary has also signed draft picks Garrett McIntosh, Jake Hayes and Karsen Leung.
Free agent Cody Hawkins, a draft choice of the Rochester Knighthawks in 2012, was also signed to a one-year contract.
Transition Geoff Snider was designated as the team’s franchise player, plus Curtis Dickson and Peter McFetridge were given qualifying offers.
That still leaves six players from the 2013 roster as restricted free agents and it seems likely that they’ll all get picked up.
Mike Carnegie, Scott Carnegie and team captain Andrew McBride are key pieces of the defensive set, Curtis Manning provides size and speed to the transition game, and Scott Ranger and Daryl Veltman are critical pieces to the best offense in the NLL.
Training camps open up in just a couple weeks, so it will be critical for the Roughnecks front office to get these deals settled as quickly as possible. Don’t be surprised to see all the remaining free agents getting snapped up in the next few days.