Curtis Palidwor knew the commute from Vancouver to New York every weekend would be tough.
That's why when the goaltender was selected by the New York Titans in the National Lacrosse League expansion draft, he requested a trade out west.
Yesterday the request was granted as the Edmonton Rush acquired the seven-year veteran in exchange for a first-round and a conditional fifth-round pick in the 2007 NLL draft.
"We kind of knew that he would become available," said Rush head coach and general manager Paul Day. "He's the only guy that's been flying across country. They're off to a 1-5 start which means 40% of their games are done now.
"They have an opportunity to go with some younger guys and we were one of the teams that Curtis Palidwor wanted to come to. It's closer to home and he has a lot of friends on this team that he played with in the summer."
Palidwor will team up with current starter Pat Campbell to form the Rush's new goaltending tandem. The two will be in the lineup when the Rush host the Arizona Sting tomorrow (7 p.m.) at Rexall Place.
"He and Paddy actually played together in Columbus," said Day. "They know each other and they're good friends.
"Paddy will start for us this weekend. And we've spoken about this with him before, we have a lot of back-to-backs down towards the end of the season and Paddy is not a big fan of going both nights."