Are the Calgary Roughnecks Rebuilding?

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

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…


NLL Off Season Plan: Calgary Roughnecks

June 17, 2015

In spite of a challenging regular season in which they just barely squeaked into the playoffs, the Calgary Roughnecks were leading the tie-breaker of the West Division Final with less than seven minutes remaining on the clock. The Edmonton Rush would go on to win the tie-breaker 4-1 and then sweep the Champion’s Cup. All things considered it was a bittersweet ending that still has to be considered a success, but…


2015 NLL Season in Review

June 8, 2015

  The Edmonton Rush won the Champion’s Cup this weekend, their first title in their 10-year history. And so ends the 2015 NLL season. So let’s now have a look back at the season that was, and some of the highlights along the way. The season got off to an unexpected start in the first two weeks of the schedule when the three-time defending champion Rochester Knighthawks lost two straight,…


Roughnecks and Rush Begin Rematch of Last Year’s Division Finals

May 15, 2015

The Calgary Roughnecks travel up the road to Edmonton to face the Edmonton Rush in Game 1 of the West Division Finals on Friday night, beginning a rematch of the 2014 Division Finals. Last year the Roughnecks upset the odds-on favourite Rush, splitting the two full games and then convincingly winning the tie-breaking mini-game. This year Edmonton is once again the favourite, but Calgary is looking to once again win…


Roughnecks visit Mammoth in West Division Semifinal

May 9, 2015

The Calgary Roughnecks (7-11) travel to Denver on Saturday night to face the Colorado Mammoth (9-9) in the first round of the 2015 NLL playoffs. The two teams faced each other three times during the regular season, with the Mammoth winning twice. Calgary’s lone win also started a late-season hot streak that saw them win four of their last five games to squeak into the postseason. The Mammoth had more…


The Roughnecks’ Incredible Race to the Playoffs

May 7, 2015

Following a catastrophic 0-6 start to the 2015 season, the Calgary Roughnecks have clawed their way back into the playoffs. It took a 14-13 win over the Vancouver Stealth in the last game of the season to complete the comeback, but they did it. During the 0-6 start—a record for the Riggers—there were a lot of things going wrong. The Roughnecks were on the wrong end of three one-goal games….


Rush and Roughnecks Open 2-Game Weekend Series

April 10, 2015

The Edmonton Rush (9-4) and Calgary Roughnecks (4-10) resume the Battle of Alberta on Friday night when they face each other in Calgary. The Rush are trying to lock down first place in the West Division while the Roughnecks are fighting just to make the playoffs. With only four games left on their schedule, Calgary needs to catch fire to take that last playoff spot from the Vancouver Stealth, who…