The National Lacrosse League’s trade deadline came and went on Tuesday and the Calgary Roughnecks roster didn’t change.
The Riggers stood pat for the second straight year and general manager Mike Board admitted his phone was busy leading up to the deadline but he ultimately couldn’t pull the trigger on anything.
“We were busy, we were pro-active too,” Board said shortly after the 1 PM MST deadline passed. “We had some teams call us to see what we were looking for so we carried on some conversations but in the end we found that it’s pretty tough to trade in this league—it’s such a small league and everyone is still sort of in the hunt for the playoffs –you’re not moving very big parts. We didn’t end up doing anything this year so we’ll move forward with what we’ve got.”
The ‘Necks currently boast a 6-5 record and sit second in the NLL’s West Division. The Edmonton Rush is the only team with a better divisional record and has yet to lose this season. With just seven games remaining on the Roughnecks schedule, the playoff race is wide open, but Board is content with his club’s roster.
“We’re very happy with our group,” he said. “It’s always a work in progress and you want to peak at the right time in the season but we like our personnel so that’s part of the reason why we didn’t end up doing anything because we didn’t think that we would get an upgrade on what we’ve already got. We like our team and we like the direction we’re heading in.”
The deadline passed with only one trade to speak of. The Philadelphia Wings sent goaltender Brandon Miller to Toronto in exchange for transition player Kyle Belton along with the Rock’s best second-round selection and fourth-round selection in the 2014 NLL Entry Draft.
The lack of movement produced the least active NLL trade deadline in recent memory but Board feels like teams are reluctant to disrupt chemistry while they are vying for a playoff position.
“I think there are just a lot of teams that are happy with what they’ve got,” Board said. “ I think a lot of teams feel the same as we do.
“Some are in rebuilding modes and some are just out of the playoffs or whatever so they don’t want to tinker too much to risk missing the playoffs or ruin the rebuild. I always think the price for players at the trade deadline is a lot higher than what it is in the off-season so there wasn’t that much movement.”
The Roughnecks will try to rebound from their 15-7 home setback to the Edmonton Rush on Saturday when they travel to Langley to battle the Vancouver Stealth on Friday night.