Rush stands pat

SCOTT ZERR -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 7:16 AM ET

The buzzards were circling, trying to pick away at the carcass of the worst team in the National Lacrosse League.

But the Edmonton Rush shooed them all off. The Rush (1-10) didn't make a move yesterday at the NLL's trade deadline -- nothing to improve themselves and nothing that would ship out any talent.

"People were calling about Jimmy Quinlan. Let's be honest, those are ridiculous calls," said Rush GM/head coach Paul Day.

"One team called about Pat Campbell. To me that's not even a real call, because I didn't even want to know what they wanted to give up."

TOP PLAYERS OFF LIMITS

And while the Rush's leading scorer and No. 1 goaltender were off-limits, so too were the few other high-end players in the Edmonton lineup.

"They're the young guys who've maybe only made a bit of an impact this year, but they're not even close to reaching their full potential," said A.J. Jomha, the Rush's director of lacrosse operations.

Day did confirm that any talks between the Rush and Colorado Mammoth for Sherwood Park-reared forward Ben Prepchuk have died, although they'll likely resume, heading into the NLL Entry Draft in September.

DEAL FELL THROUGH

The Rush had one deal in the works with Arizona, but talks fell apart after the Sting made a trade with Buffalo.

The Rush did make two acquisitions on the weekend when they snatched up Jason Clark and Rob Williams. Both players had been offered up in trades a week earlier, but the Rush snared them for nothing off waivers from Arizona and Calgary, respectively.

Williams, a faceoff specialist, will clash with his former team Friday when the Roughnecks and Rush square off for the final time this season. The Roughnecks made one of the few deals yesterday, sending Calgary native Andrew Biers to Minnesota for two draft picks.

"It's a very close league -- nobody is under .500 except us -- so I don't think anyone wanted to take a big chance," said Jomha of the limited action. "But with the new teams coming in (expansion in Chicago and likely at least one more city), I think there'll be a lot of things happening in the off-season."


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