Rush land scorer

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:33 AM ET

The future continues to be now for the Edmonton Rush.

Yesterday the team traded for another veteran scorer, acquiring forward Mike Accursi from the Rochester Knighthawks in exchange for a first-round pick in the 2009 NLL draft.

"This is the most exciting trade I've ever made," said Rush head coach and general manager Paul Day. "Mike is exactly the type of guy we needed. He's got speed and he can play all three spots up front. Plus, Mike is a great team leader and a real workhorse in practice and games. He's going to fit in nicely with us and really lead this team."

Last season Accursi scored 26 goals and had 51 assists in 16 games for the Knighthawks. He added 11 goals and four assists in three playoff games as Rochester went on to win the league title.

In 144 career regular-season games, Accursi has 253 goals and 275 assists.

"Everybody I've talked to can't say enough about the Edmonton fans and the city," Accursi said through a news release. "I've always been a good producer offensively and I love playing in big games. I'd like to bring an little extra veteran presence and I take pride in my game so hopefully both of those things will help us turn some of those tight game that we've lost in the past to the plus side."

MAJOR THREE-TEAM DEAL

The Calgary Roughnecks, Buffalo Bandits and Philadelphia Wings completed a big three-way trade yesterday.

The complicated three-way deal landed the Roughnecks G Steve Dietrich and D Kyle Couling from Buffalo plus D Ian Llord from Philadelphia.

Headed to the Bandits are F Sean Greenhalgh from Philly and Calgary's first-round pick in the 2007 draft and second-round pick in 2008.

The Wings received D Taylor Wray from Calgary and F Jason Crosbie, plus conditional considerations from the Bandits.


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