Third time's a charm

TY PILSON -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:15 AM ET

On a day that was supposed to be all about NHL trades, the Calgary Roughnecks pulled off a key move of their own.

The 4-4 Riggers dealt rookie Ryan Marshall to the expansion Portland Lumberjax for all-star forward Ted Dowling.

This will be Dowling's third tour of duty in Calgary in as many seasons and it's hoped he can help ignite a struggling Calgary offence.

"We need some scoring and he can score," said Calgary GM Kurt Silcott.

"He knows the guys, he knows the system, he knows the offence and what we expect. It made sense."

Dowling, who just turned 36, is fifth in all-time scoring with 630 points in 159 NLL games, including 85 points in 21 games for Calgary.

"I'm still surprised a bit," said Dowling, whose older brother Jeff is an assistant coach with the Roughnecks.

"I liked Portland but I'm certainly not disappointed to be back in Calgary. If it had to be anywhere, I would want it to be (Calgary). It's nice to be wanted."

However, it will be some time until fans see Dowling in a Roughnecks sweater.

He is nursing an injury to his left knee -- a strained MCL and slight tear of the meniscus -- and isn't expected to play for at least two weeks, said Silcott.

"I'm going to wait until Monday and see how it's doing then," said Dowling who has eight goals and 15 points in five tilts this season.

"They have a scope planned for Tuesday but hopefully it won't need that. Right now, I have to wait and see."

If the damage to his knee is worse than first thought, Silcott said Portland will instead deal the team a second-round pick.

QUICK STICKS: Calgary released veteran D Rob Williams and moved F Callum Crawford from the IR to the active roster ... The Roughnecks host the Colorado Mammoth tomorrow night (7:30 p.m., Saddledome).


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