'Necks add depth

DARREN FRIESEN -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 7:35 AM ET

Kurt Silcott took a page out of Darryl Sutter's book yesterday.

Like his Calgary Flames counterpart, the Roughnecks general manager signed an extra defender as insurance for the impending playoff push.

Unable to make any moves prior to Tuesday's trade deadline, Silcott signed veteran defender Tyler Francey to the club's practice squad.

Francey, who has dressed for Columbus, Arizona, Buffalo and New York, has appeared in 37 National Lacrosse League games, collected 17 points (7g, 10a), has 91 minutes in the penalties, and scooped up 182 loose balls.

"Both our head coach Jeff Dowling and I are familiar with Tyler," said Silcott.

"Most recently, he was in New York, and though we heard he played well, he was cut after two outings. For us, he is basically an insurance policy should we have a rash of injuries in our remaining games."

The Roughnecks (5-5) have six games remaining in the season, all against the divisional opponents.

Calgary's next game will be Saturday night against the Arizona Sting (7-3) at the Saddledome (7:30 p.m.).

For the Riggers, who lost 14-10 to the Sting last weekend in Arizona, a win is crucial if they expect to battle for second place, a spot the Sting currently hold.

The Edmonton Rush and San Jose Stealth, both of whom the Roughnecks will play in their remaining games, are a tied in fourth at 4-5. The Colorado Mammoth (10-1) are first in the West.

The game will also have significance as Dowling will coach in his first home game since being named the bench boss March 8.


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