Rock bolsters its defence

RYAN WOLSTAT, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:12 AM ET

New Toronto Rock general manager Terry Sanderson was busy yesterday.

First, the team grabbed defender Tyler Codron and goaltender Joel Weber during a dispersal draft of former Portland Lumberjax players.

The Rock had the second pick in the draft, following the Edmonton Rush who took superstar Brodie Merrill.

SOLID ADDITION

However, Codron is a solid addition, having tallied 14 points and 89 loose balls in his sophomore 2009 campaign after being selected sixth overall in the 2007 entry draft.

"He is one of the up-and-coming young defensive stars in the league," Sanderson said in a release.

Weber, a Whitby native, provides depth in net behind Bob Watson, who is pondering retirement.

Later, the Rock re-acquired defenceman Sandy Chapman from the Rochester Knighthawks.

Acquiring Chapman was a convoluted process. The Rock first traded Luke Wiles back to the Stealth (who have moved from San Jose to Everett, Wash.) for Kevin Huntley and a draft pick. Huntley and Rock forward Bill McGlone then went to Philadelphia for Peter Jacobs and another 2011 pick. Jacobs promptly was moved for Chapman.

Wiles arguably was Toronto's best player last season, producing 69 points (33 goals, 36 assists), but Sanderson said losing him was the cost of upgrading the defence substantially.

Chapman of Toronto is a two-time defenceman of the year winner and a four-time NLL champion -- three with the Rock.

"This season we want to play our pressure defence and help tighten up our defensive end," Sanderson said.

"Sandy is the ultimate team guy and has a great respect among his teammates."


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