Colorado dangles big bucks for Veltman

RYAN WOLSTAT -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 7:48 AM ET

Jim Veltman has a big decision to make and fans of the Toronto Rock may not be happy with the result.

The 41-year-old's nearly decade-long association with the National Lacrosse League club may soon be over, as the Colorado Mammoth, according to Rock president Brad Watters, have made Veltman a substantial offer to coach in Denver next season.

Reached yesterday, Veltman was reluctant to discuss his situation, saying, "A lot of things have to be worked out or discussed from all sides, there are a lot of factors.

"A lot more will be revealed once it is all settled."

While Veltman, who has captained the Rock to five championships, said a decision is still a long ways off, he all but confirmed that Colorado, which needs to replace departed head coach Gary Gait, has made a lucrative offer.

"I think that can be assumed," Veltman said. "It wouldn't be something that I'd (consider) for nothing."

Though Watters was surprised that Veltman was mulling a move after playing a large role in the hiring of former teammate Glenn Clark here last year, he maintained Veltman's dilemma is understandable.

"(Last off-season) He made a commitment to us that he wanted to be here for a long time (and) we presumed once he was ready to retire we'd go forward," Watters said.

"(But) when you get a tremendous opportunity with the amount of money that (Colorado) throw around, you have to explore those options."

That said, Watters still was frustrated with Colorado's tactics.

"To say we're being bullied by Colorado would be an understatement," he said.

"We want Jim here, (but) we can't match what they're offering. We're trying to be as fiscally responsible as we can be.


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