Riggers send vet packing

TY PILSON -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:10 AM ET

Less than two weeks before the opening of the National Lacrosse League season, the Calgary Roughnecks released their No. 1 faceoff man yesterday.

The defending NLL champions announced they had parted ways with 29-year-old Brad MacArthur after failing to come to terms on a new deal with the six-year NLL veteran.

"Brad's been a tremendous servant for the Roughnecks," said Roughnecks GM Dave Bremner.

"But nothing is forever and we believe we have people coming up who can more than adequately fill his spot."

MacArthur had moved back to Ontario in the off-season after living in Calgary the past two years.

Bremner said he tried to trade MacArthur to an eastern-based team but didn't get any takers.

"We thought very seriously of holding onto Brad but we felt it was fairer to him to let him go now so he can catch on with another club, probably someone out east," said Bremner.

The Roughnecks now find themselves without their two top draw men from last season. They traded their No. 2 guy, Rob Kirkby, to the Arizona Sting last month.

However, Calgary feels they can fill that void with sophomore Devan Wray, along with Kevin Dostie, Rob Williams and Andrew Biers.

MacArthur was disappointed he wasn't able to reach a new agreement with the Roughnecks.

"Absolutely. No question that was my goal to re-sign with the Roughnecks," said MacArthur, who won 151 of 262 faceoffs in the regular season last year.


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