With his two biggest stars signed for the upcoming season, Calgary Roughnecks general manager Kurt Silcott is turning his attention to one final piece of the puzzle.
After inking captains Tracey Kelusky and Kaleb Toth yesterday, the new Roughnecks GM admitted getting defender Rob Kirkby under contract will make yesterday's signings that much more worthwhile.
Silcott reacquired Kirkby from the Arizona Sting last month.
"To get Rob Kirkby back was a key deal. I haven't signed him yet but hopefully we'll talk this weekend and get something done," said Silcott.
"We know he's coming off a wrist injury, so there's some concern there, and I want to see him in person to see how he's doing."
As for Toth and Kelusky, it came as no surprise the team's two biggest point producers would be back in the Black and White this season. Both forwards signed one-year deals yesterday. Financial terms of the contracts were not disclosed.
"I don't think there was really any question at all as to where I wanted to play and where I want to continue to play," said Kelusky, who finished second in team scoring last season with 69 points (32G, 37A).
"It doesn't necessarily benefit myself or the Roughnecks to sign a multi-year deal because as long as the Roughnecks know that I'm happy being here and they're happy having me here, I don't want to play anywhere else."
As a product of the local lacrosse community, Toth's status as a free agent was never in doubt, according to the 28-year-old sniper.
"It wasn't a big secret that I would sign with Calgary, so it was just a matter of timing and working out some final details."
Knowing he has his two of his franchise players under contract, Silcott said things are coming together for the opening of training camp in Vancouver this weekend.
"I think we're poised to make another run at the title," he said.
CANCER CLAIMS PROSPECT: Jeremy Richardson, the Roughnecks' third-round pick in the 2002 NLL entry draft, has died of cancer. His funeral is today in St. Albert. "We always hoped he'd get well and eventually make his way into the NLL," Riggers coach Chris Hall said.