The signing of goalie Nick Patterson stands as the only move for the Roughnecks on trade deadline day.
Feeling confident about his squad, Calgary Roughnecks general manager made one minor move at the NLL trade deadline to bring in an “insurance policy.”
Former Minnesota Swarm goaltender Nick Patterson was signed to the practice roster and forward Andrew Murphy was released in the subsequent roster move.
“We need to have a goalie on the practice roster just in case one of our goalies gets injured down the stretch,” Board said. “He’s a good solid veteran goalie who knows the league. If we do run into injury problems, he is capable to step in.”
The Roughnecks made a similar move last year, bringing in Matt King as the third-string goalie who saw limited action when current starting goalie Mike Poulin missed some time due to an injury.
“It happened to us last year when Poulin got hurt late in the season, we ended up using another goalie down the stretch,” Board said.
In his mind, he hopes that Patterson will not be forced into regular action.
“Poulin is our number one and (Frankie Scigliano) is our number two. We look at Scigs as our goalie of the future,” he added. “This is like an insurance policy.”
Patterson entered the league back in 2003 as a member of the Vancouver Ravens, but rose to fame between the pipes of the Minnesota Swarm.
A two-time all-star, he’s accumulated a stat line of 12.08 GAA, .758 save percentage in 128 games. He was apart of the Washington Stealth earlier this year, but was released in March 1.
It was a fairly slow deadline day across the league, and the Roughnecks were no different.
Board said he talked to a number of teams, but nothing came together.
“It’s hard in a nine-team league with eight teams making the playoffs,” Board said. “Everyone still thinks they are in it, so there isn’t the buyer or seller market. We just couldn’t find a fit. Things that we wanted, teams wanted to keep and vice versa. We didn’t want to give up any of our top assets.”
After 11 games, the Roughnecks sit second in the West Division with a 6-5 record. They have the most potent offense in the league, operating at a hair under 15 goals a game.
“We are still happy with our team,” Board said. “We like our record, we like where we sit and we control our own destiny.”
Board now has until Friday at 3 p.m. to submit the final 23-man roster active and three-player practice squad to the league. The rosters will freeze after that.
The Roughnecks are on a bye week before taking on the Colorado Mammoth on March 23 at the Scotiabank Saddledome.