Changes in order for NLL's winless team?

SCOTT ZERR -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 12:20 PM ET

Just what can the Edmonton Rush do?

They are now the National Lacrosse League's only remaining winless team at 0-4 and head coach Paul Day made it clear after the Rush's 14-8 loss against Toronto Friday night that changes are in order in the area of player personnel.

Day, who pulls double-duty as the Rush's GM, is obviously going to be working the phones this week, checking to see who is available and at what cost. The Rush's anemic offence - second-worst in the NLL at an 8.75 goals-per-game average - needs a serious boost, so finding someone who can find the net on a regular basis is the top priority.

The Rush's desperate times could re-open talks with the Colorado Mammoth for local product Ben Prepchuk. Edmonton tried to acquire him during the off-season but Colorado's asking price was deemed too high.

"They gave up a lot to get him from New York and want a lot back in return," A.J. Jomha, the Rush's director of lacrosse operations, said of earlier negotiations.

Prepchuk sat out last year and although he returned to the Mammoth this season and has 10 points in five games, he has repeatedly expressed an interest in coming home to play.

Prepchuk has 93 goals and 86 assists in 56 career NLL regular-season games. The Rush have stockpiled some draft picks from earlier deals, including four selections in the first two rounds of the 2007 draft.

UNHEARD WORDS: Day harped on the Rush's dropping shooting percentage during Thursday's practice but his words brought no good results. Edmonton shot just 72% against Toronto with 56 shots on goal but 22 missing the net - six alone by struggling forward Kerry Susheski.

TALKING POINTS: Apparently some fiery dialogue delivered at halftime didn't get through and a players-only meeting after the game put more emotions on the table.

But captain Andrew Turner believes the time for talk is over.

"We can talk and talk but we haven't won yet. We have to translate that talk into action," said Turner.

Goaltender Pat Campbell, who sits third in the league having faced 137 shots in four games, was trying to hammer home positive reinforcement.

"Tough times never last. Tough guys do,"he said.

ALL SMILES: Day and Rush owner Bruce Urban wanted to show that there was no ill-will between them over duelling comments made earlier in the week when they met up at practice.

"See, we're still friends," said Day as he shook Urban's hand.

Urban publicly scolded his club following last week's loss to Calgary and Day responded by saying Urban had only seen four games in his life and wasn't qualified to offer a critique.

"For the record, I've seen seven games,"offered Urban with a grin.


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