Riggers might feel Sting

IAN BUSBY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:15 AM ET

Heading into the second dispersal of Arizona Sting players today, the Calgary Roughnecks know they won't get everyone they want.

The Riggers won't even be able to get the three players who spent the entire 2008 National Lacrosse League season on their roster.

Last year, when the NLL had a labour dispute with its players and temporarily cancelled the season, members of the Sting were dispersed after Arizona decided to take a one-year hiatus.

But after the season, the franchise is making that hiatus permanent, and those players belonging to the franchise will again get new homes.

The Riggers had defenders Bruce Codd, Greg Hinman and Chris Seller on their roster last year and will try to get those players back, but owner/GM Brad Banister is hamstrung by holding just the sixth and 19th picks.

"The only thing we know for sure is we will get a solid player onto our roster next season," Banister said. "It would be huge luck to get two of them. It's disappointing because we got to know these guys. It's one of the weird things about the NLL."

Boston holds the first pick and is expected to take prolific scorer Dan Dawson, who led the playoffs in scoring with the Portland LumberJax.

Edmonton will pick second, followed by Chicago, Toronto and Rochester.

The Riggers need depth on defence, so getting Codd back would be key. He led the team with 114 loose balls last year.

"Bruce played well for us," Banister said. "He's fast and great loose ball guy, so we would love to grab him. There are a couple of other holes to fill as well, but hopefully Bruce can return."


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