Roughnecks Taking Their Time With Free Agent Signings

With the announcement of six signings on Friday, the Calgary Roughnecks have finally made a big push to lock down their outstanding free agents.

In their first announcement in almost two weeks, the Riggers revealed that they have signed forward Matthew Dinsdale and defenseman Greg Harnett to three-year contracts, while one-year contracts have been made with forward Darrren Kinnear, transitions Travis Cornwall and Curtis Manning, and defenseman Barclay Hickey.

That brings the total number of signings to 18 for Calgary but still leaves several key players outstanding. The Carnegie brothers, Mike and Scott, as well as team captain Andrew McBride are still on the free agent list, leaving a big gap on defense. And on offense, Scott Ranger and Daryl Veltman have not yet been signed.

With the clock ticking before the Roughnecks training camp begins at the end of November, it becomes more and more critical that general manager Mike Board get these negotiations settled sooner rather than later.