Riggers abandon first pick notions

TY PILSON -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:22 AM ET

The Calgary Roughnecks have all but given up on their hope of acquiring the first-overall pick in the upcoming National Lacrosse League draft.

With that pick -- owned by the expansion New York franchise -- the Riggers had hoped to select Calgary native Geoff Snider, who was recently named the MVP for Team Canada at the world field lacrosse championships.

New York, however, is commanding a steep price for the pick, said Calgary GM Kurt Silcott, asking for either captain Tracey Kelusky or offensive star Lewis Ratcliff.

Not a chance, according to Silcott.

"I'd love to get Snider but the harsh reality is New York is not too interested in moving that pick," said Silcott.

"So, we have to deal with that reality and get on with business."

To that end, Silcott pulled the trigger on another deal yesterday, sending a second- and third-round pick in the 2006 draft to the Minnesota Swarm for 24-year-old transition player Nolan Heavenor.

The 5-ft. 9-in., 180-lb., Victoria-native appeared in five games for the Swarm last year as a rookie.

Silcott said the deal is in keeping with his move to make the Roughnecks a younger, faster team this season.

"We're going to be a lot more dynamic out there and I think a lot harder to defend with the type of team we're putting out there," said Silcott.

"We have guys who are faster, can move the ball up and down the floor and are more athletic. That seems to be the way the league is moving now."

QUICK STICKS: Veteran defenders Grant Hamilton and Craig Gelsvik have told Roughnecks GM Kurt Silcott they will return to play next season while fellow rearguard Andy Ogilvie is still "on the fence," said Silcott ... Calgary is close to announcing a new coach to fill the vacancy left when former assistant Jeff Dowling quit at season's end due to family reasons.


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