Day 1'er dealt

DARREN FRIESEN -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:42 AM ET

It's the end of an era for one player and the start for another.

Jason Wulder, who has been with the Calgary Roughnecks since its first season in 2001, was traded yesterday to the Edmonton Rush.

In exchange for the 36-year-old forward, the Roughnecks get Kerry Susheski and a second-round draft pick in 2007.

Even though Wulder was the Roughnecks' fourth-leading scorer last season and tagged as one of the team's franchise players, GM Kurt Silcott said he's thinking of the future.

"There was a lot of factors that came into play when I made this deal," said Silcott.

"Mostly though, Jason's getting up there and any time you can get younger and faster, that's a good thing.

"The reality is, we know (Wulder's) got some years left but we're not sure how many. With Susheski, we're getting back a young, fast player."

With Wulder's departure, assistant captain Kaleb Toth is the only remaining player to suit up for 'Necks during their inaugural season.

For Wulder, the thought of being traded never really entered his mind.

"The whole thing really surprised me," said Wulder. "Sure, I'm getting older but my point production hasn't really gone down and they kept telling me they wanted me back. Then all of sudden this happens.

"Right from the beginning, (owner Brad) Banister had said, 'You'll finish your career here,' and I was more than happy to do that."

In Susheski, the Roughnecks are getting a 27-year-old forward who collected 25 points (9G, 16A) in 11 games last year.

Silcott said he's not done dealing yet.

The Roughnecks will announce a 'major' player signing today at a press conference but may also have completed another trade.

"I just waiting for the other GM to sign off on it," Silcott said.


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