TORONTO - A bad break for the Toronto Rock has turned into a good break for forward Brenden Thenhaus.
Blaine Manning, second on the Rock’s career goals list, suffered a broken collarbone in the first quarter last weekend against the Buffalo Bandits and is expected to miss six to eight weeks.
To take his place, the Rock acquired Thenhaus from the Bandits’ practice roster and signed him to a one-year agreement, worth roughly $20,000.
“We were hitting the phones shortly after the game (last) Saturday,” said Rock general manager Terry Sanderson, explaining that the National Lacrosse League requires every team to have a 23-man roster.
“I don’t think Buffalo wanted to lose him,” said Sanderson. “But especially after winning their first game against us, I don’t think they wanted to make any changes either.”
The Bandits had 24 hours to match the Rock’s offer.
Bandits assistant general manager Derek Graham said they didn’t do so because they feel Thenhaus stands a better chance of getting floor time in Toronto.
“If you’re on the practice squad, you don’t get paid,” Graham said. “These guys don’t make a lot of money to begin with, so for us to stand in his way of a livelihood just wouldn’t be fair.”
Thenhaus, 25, born in Winnipeg and raised in Burlington, Ont., said he grew up watching the Rock and he and his family are ecstatic about the opportunity.
“It gives me a crack at an active roster, though it’s unfortunate how it happened with Blaine,” said Thenhaus. “I hope he gets a lot better soon, he’s a guy you can’t replace.”
With the Bandits last season, Thenhaus racked up 17 goals and 18 assists in 16 games. He has made stops in Edmonton, Philadelphia and Buffalo, enjoying his best season in 2009 with 53 points for the Boston Blazers.
“It was a bit of a shock,” Thenhaus said. “All my attention was on cracking the Buffalo squad and I wasn’t expecting something like this so early in the year.”
The Rock is off this weekend and returns to action Jan. 27 when it plays host to the Rochester Knighthawks.