Roughnecks seek agents

TY PILSON -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:01 AM ET

The Calgary Roughnecks have 10 players who are restricted or unrestricted free agents but team president and GM Brad Banister isn't worried.

The National Lacrosse League released its list of free agents yesterday and announced the signing period for those players begins today.

Calgary forwards Kevin Dostie and Matt Green, defenders Grant Hamilton, Travis Gillespie and Andrew McBride, plus goalie Andrew Leyshon are the restricted free agents

Defenders Andy Ogilvie, Rob Williams, Rich Catton and forward Jason Wulder are unrestricted free agents.

The Roughnecks have 72 hours to match any offer made to a restricted free agent in order to keep the player while unrestricted free agents may sign anywhere.

Banister addressed the first group, saying he planned to keep all six restricted free agents with the team for now.

Hamilton didn't play last year and is considered retired at this point by the Riggers.

As for the unrestricted free agents, Calgary native Wulder has made it known he plans to finish his career in Calgary and Ogilvie, who suffered a season-ending knee injury last year, isn't expected to play again in the NLL.

"Jason and I have talked and I'm sure he'll sign," said Banister. "Same with the rest of the guys. I know Catton wants to play here, too, and Williams."

While shopping the free-agent market, Banister said he doubts Calgary will make any big pickups due to the nature of the NLL.

"I think a lot of those guys that are unrestricted are committed to the teams they're with," said Banister.

"They either work there or live there and are happy with where they are."

Banister did say he doesn't plan to stand pat this off-season and is looking to make any deal that will improve the Roughnecks, who lost in the 2005 West Division final.

Calgary is still interested in defender Bruce Murray -- who was picked up by the Minnesota Swarm in the Anaheim Storm dispersal draft last month.


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