Trying patience

DARREN FRIESEN -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 11:51 AM ET

Calgary Roughnecks general manager Kurt Silcott isn't ready to hit the panic button just yet.

In fact, he still believes a stern rant will turn his struggling club around rather than pulling a fire-sale with some of the league's biggest stars.

"At some point, I think I'll probably just go on a tirade," said Silcott last night after his team lost 12-11 in the final second to the expansion Edmonton Rush to drop to 3-4 on the season.

"I'm not really thinking too much about this loss right now. We've got a big game tomorrow night against Arizona and we'll see how we do and then we'll go back and look at the tape again. It could be we just ran into a hot goaltender and didn't bury any of our chances."

Rush goaltender Pat Campbell managed to turn away 54 shots in the victory last night against an offence that, for the most part, has struggled all season long.

With sniper Kaleb Toth held goal-less and Lewis Ratcliff and Tracey Kelusky only chipping in five goals combined, it's fair to say the Roughnecks are not producing like they had hoped.

Still, Silcott believes the ship hasn't sunk yet and there's plenty of season left to be played.

However, that does not mean the first-year Roughnecks executive is afraid to pull the trigger on a deal if something doesn't change.

"If changes need to be made, I'm not afraid to make them," he said.

"I never hit the panic button. I also never make a trade for the sake of making one. If I decide to pull one, it's going to improve this team."

For now, Silcott is content to take this current lineup into the all-star break next week and reassess at that point.

"My phone's always ringing," explained Silcott of taking calls from other GMs, likely salivating at the prospect of taking some of his snipers or big defenders off his hands.

"It's good to talk to those (GMs) all the time. We keep in touch and discuss different things always."


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