Andrew Biers was a right man at the wrong time for the Calgary Roughnecks.
Loaded with right-handed defenders, the Riggers dealt Biers to the Minnesota Swarm yesterday on the National Lacrosse League's trade deadline for a second- and third-round pick in the 2006 draft.
Playing behind righties Taylor and Devan Wray, Ryan McNish, Rob Kirkby and Andrew McBride, Biers -- who was born in Toronto but grew up in Calgary -- had been a healthy scratch lately.
"We haven't been playing him much lately and it didn't look like he was going to play down the stretch," said Roughnecks GM Kurt Silcott. "So, we were able to pick up two pretty good picks for a guy we really weren't using now. So, we took it. Hopefully, we'll be able to pick up some young players with those picks and build for the future."
Biers was in his second season with Calgary and sounded disappointed to be traded away from his hometown club.
"I've got to try and make the best out of the hand you're dealt," said Biers, who lives in Vancouver and works as a banker. "That's what I'm going to try and do. I'm just glad I had a chance to play in Calgary in front of my friends and family. I guess I have to turn the page now and move on to the next chapter."
Silcott said they plan to use the picks or package them to get a left-handed defender for next season. With Jesse Phillips injured and veterans Grant Hamilton and Andy Ogilvie questionable for next year, that is the team's priority, he said.