Major moves for Rush?

JASON HILLS -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:37 AM ET

Bob Hamley put a small stamp on the Edmonton Rush at this season's trade deadline when he made a series of trades to try and propel the Rush to their first playoff berth, but he's still waiting to put the major stamp on the organization.

The Rush missed the post season for a third consecutive year with a 13-8 loss to the Colorado Mammoth last weekend.

TOUGH SITUATION

The Rush will finish their season Saturday night when they host the Calgary Roughnecks.

"It was a tough situation to come into. I tried to make some moves to help us in the short term and also help us long term," said Hamley.

" I really feel like I haven't put my stamp on this team yet and I plan to have a very busy off-season ... I am excited to move forward with this team."

Hamley almost pulled the rabbit out of the hat during his early tenure in Edmonton.

After taking over the Rush after an 0-5 start, he quickly instilled some life into the organization and had the Rush thinking of a possibility of playoffs, something that looked like a far cry earlier this year.

"It's very disappointing ... especially the last four games," said Hamley.

"When I took over I believed we could still make the playoffs and I wanted this final game of the regular season to mean something, but unfortunately it's not the case,

"Now we have to turn our thoughts to next season. We need to get this team into the playoffs, where they belong and that is deep in the playoffs, and we have a lot of work to do (in the off-season)."

EVALUATING THE RUSH

Hamley will have a keen eye behind the bench evaluating his players during the season finale against Calgary.

"Guys will be fighting for jobs," explains Hamley.

"I expect every man on the floor to do his best to show us he deserves to remain in the organization.

"Maybe some of the (Rush) players don't belong in the NLL. We have to call a spade a spade."

The Rush have an opportunity to put a wrench in the Roughnecks' playoff picture. A victory for the Rush in their season finale and a Portland win over Buffalo and it will put Calgary in fourth place in the West Division.

"I look back at our last game against Calgary where we lost 18-7, it was embarrassing and they were celebrating their last three or four goals like they had just won the Champions Cup," said Hamley.

"They were rubbing it in our face and we need to respond.

"This game means a lot to everyone on this team and our fans deserve a good effort."

Hamley has a 4-6 record as the bench boss of the Rush.

At the trade deadline he moved veteran forwards Chris Gill, Mike Accursi and back-up goaltender Matt Disher.

A big key to those deals were the number of high draft picks the Rush acquired the next two seasons.

The Rush also acquired young studs Mike Hominuck and Lindsay Plunkett as well as Ian Crashley in those deals.

"I think we have to continue to get younger, because it's not working the way it is right now," said Hamley.

"We have two first-round picks, a second-round pick and two third-round picks this year and I am excited about that."


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