Riggers net backup

WES GILBERTSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:58 AM ET

Mike Poulin doesn't want to spark a crease controversy.

Just hours before the Calgary Roughnecks confirmed they've landed the netminder in a swap with the Boston Blazers, Poulin insisted he's comfortable being the backup plan.

"Matt King is the starter on the Calgary Roughnecks," Poulin said.

"He's the goalie that led them to a championship, so he's going to be the starter and I'm going to be there trying to push him a bit harder and trying to get him back on track, as well as trying to play well myself when I get the chance.

"With that team, they've got a great group there already, so I'm not going to try to (cause) any changes or anything like that."

The Roughnecks signed over their first-round selection in the upcoming draft in exchange for Poulin, who will be in the lineup for Friday's rematch with the Edmonton Rush. To free up a spot on the roster, the club also shipped netminder Chris Levis to the Colorado Mammoth for a second-round pick.

While Brad Banister won't steal any headlines from Darryl Sutter with his latest moves, the Roughnecks boss is optimistic Poulin's arrival will provide a little more stability between the pipes.

The defending champions have lost three straight and are surrendering an average of 12.25 goals against per outing, the second-highest mark in the league. Both King and Levis struggled in last weekend's 14-11 loss to the Rush.

The 24-year-old Poulin will fill the void left by Pat Campbell, who helped backstop the Roughnecks to a Champion's Cup crown in 2009 but is sitting out at least one season to focus on his university studies.

"We not only get a great goaltender, we also get a great goaltender with youth behind him," Banister said in Tuesday's announcement. "(Poulin) is a legend in our league, and it was a good move for him to come to Calgary."

Legend is a bit of a stretch, but Poulin does boast a pretty impressive resume.

Two seasons ago, he was named the most valuable player in Ontario's Major Series Lacrosse, a summer circuit frequented by some of the sport's biggest stars.

Most insiders figure he's also got a bright National Lacrosse League future ahead of him.

Poulin served as a sidekick to Toronto Rock star Bob Watson for two winters before being scooped up by the Blazers in the expansion draft and installed as the second-stringer behind Anthony Cosmo.

He made two starts for the Blazers last season, including one in Calgary, where he stopped 38 shots as the boys from Beantown rallied for an 11-10 win over the Riggers.

"The majority of successful goalies in this league have all put their time in on the bench and learned from other goalies," Poulin said.

"They pay their dues, and I've been doing that."


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