King back but briefly

TY PILSON -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:05 AM ET

Plan D was short for disappointment yesterday.

After watching the three players they coveted snatched early in the National Lacrosse League's Anaheim Storm dispersal draft, the Calgary Roughnecks did the next best thing, according to the team.

Riggers GM and president Brad Banister selected former Calgary goalie Matt King and then flipped him to the expansion Portland Lumberjax for the 13th pick in the upcoming entry draft, which is the first pick in the second round.

The Roughnecks have no first-round pick this year but now have two second rounders, including the 19th selection.

The expansion Edmonton Rush chose first yesterday and selected young defender Rory Glaves. The Lumberjax were second grabbing former Syracuse standout and NLL all-star Casey Powell.

The three players Calgary wanted went third, fourth and fifth, with San Jose taking goalie Matt Roik; Minnesota grabbing defender Bruce Murray; and the Philadelphia Wings selecting big forward Peter Morgan.

Each team had to release a player with each selection and Calgary dropped veteran forward Ted Dowling.

Dowling has been nominated for the president's position in the players' union and is running against current PLPA boss Peter Schmitz. If he gets that post -- after a fall vote by players -- he would be unable to play in the league.

"We'll see how that goes," said Dowling, who was re-acquired by Calgary for its playoff run last year. "If that pans out -- and I'm elected -- I'd be more than happy to do it. If not, I'd probably try to play again. We'll just have to see."

A pair of former left-handed Roughneck forwards -- Chris Panos and Calgary resident Shawn Cable -- are available and Banister said he's interested in possibly signing one or both of them.


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