Rush deal for D-men

SCOTT ZERR -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 6:55 AM ET

A week after the Edmonton Oilers made a deal to acquire one of the best defencemen in the NHL in Chris Pronger, the Edmonton Rush decided to follow that lead.

In a major move yesterday, the Rush traded the second overall pick in the upcoming National Lacrosse League draft - which the franchise will host on Aug. 29 - along with Sandy Chapman to the Rochester Knighthawks for Andrew Turner, the NLL's top rearguard last season.

The Rush also received defencemen Cam Bergman and Buck Stobart.

"The best part of his career is still ahead of him," Rush coach/GM Paul Day said of Turner, who he guided in both Rochester and as a junior in St. Catharines, Ont.

"Andy made the decision that he'd like to live in the West. It's a good draft year, and it was an opportunity for Rochester to get a good choice and an opportunity for us to get better.

"This sends a message to the NLL that we are serious about success."

Turner, who is playing the summer season in Victoria where he was the Mann Cup most valuable player two years ago, was also voted MVP by his teammates in Rochester, where he anchored a defence that allowed the fewest goals in the NLL.

The 27-year-old will complement Rory Glaves, another recent Rush acquisition who was named to the league's All-Rookie team in 2005.

"It's a great opportunity to come to a new team," said Turner, who is pursuing a career in parks and recreation.

"Paul and I have a great relationship, and he's bringing in some great players. I think I'm a lead-by-example player.

"I'm not the most vocal guy, but what I do is bring an attitude of doing what needs to be done. That's something the other guys can see and feed off."

Day had no qualms about giving up the Rush's first-ever first-round draft choice.

"Andy gives us a maturity on defence and a guy who already has three years in the league," said Day.

"He's not only a great athlete, but a great leader and a guy with a huge heart."

Bergman was acquired by the Knighthawks in the dispersal draft of the Anaheim franchise. Stobart did not play last year, but provides the Rush with size as the former captain of the Canadian under-19 rugby team steps in at six foot four and 240 pounds.

Although obtained by the Rush in the expansion draft from Toronto, Chapman was unlikely to head west to play due to school commitments.

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