Rush sign quartet of veterans

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:24 AM ET

Chris Gill and Dan Stroup have a lot of lacrosse left in them.

At least the Edmonton Rush seem to think so.

Yesterday the Rush signed Gill, Stroup, Curtis Palidwor and Mike Accursi to two-year contracts.

"I think we've signed a lot of veteran core guys," said Rush head coach and general manager Paul Day.

"They're pretty important guys moving forward, trying to improve our team. I think that makes a statement that those guys are committed and enjoy playing in Edmonton."

Gill, 35, and Stroup, 38, were two of the team's big off-season acquisitions last year.

Gill went on to lead the team in scoring with 37 goals and 25 assists in 16 games, while Stroup finished with 29 goals and 22 assists in 16 games.

The pair were acquired in a trade with the Chicago Shamrox shortly after being selected in the expansion draft.

The previous season, the two veterans helped the Colorado Mammoth to the league title.

Palidwor, 37, joined the Rush last year following a trade with the New York Titans five games into the season.

He went on to earn Team MVP honours backstopping the Rush to five wins with a 10.48 goals against average and a .789 save percentage.

The New Westminster, B.C., native was a former member of the Calgary Roughnecks, claiming MVP honours in the 2004 Champions Cup final.

Accursi, 32, was acquired in a trade last week with the Rochester Knighthawks. Last season the Pelham, Ont., native registered a career-high 77 points with 26 goals and 51 assists.

"Curtis had a wonderful year with us last year," Day said.

"I think with him spending a whole year with our defence and going through training camp, he's even going to have a better year.

"Stroup almost had 30 goals last year and I think with us getting Accursi and (Ben) Prepchuk, that will take some of the load off him and he may even do better this year."


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