Riggers Rush goalie out

IAN BUSBY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:07 AM ET

Having just shipped his No. 1 goalie to his provincial rival, Brad Banister warned he's not done tinkering with the Calgary Roughnecks roster for the 2008-09 National Lacrosse League season.

Banister sent netminder Steve Dietrich to the Edmonton Rush yesterday for goalie Matt King and defender Kris Hartzell right before announcing the Riggers' protected list for the expansion draft to stock the Boston Blazers.

In the deal, the Riggers also moved up one spot to seventh in the first round of this summer's NLL draft.

Dietrich struggled with a concussion in his only season in Calgary, but Banister said there were younger and cheaper options than the 38-year-old.

And the Roughnecks owner/general manager doesn't mind facing Dietrich three or four times in the Alberta rivalry.

"I've watched him play for four or five years, and I know he's a great goalie," Banister said.

"But he can't stop everything. We just need to get our offence back in gear. We have some plans for that. You just need to outscore the other team, and he's not invincible. Nobody is."

The deal makes Pat Campbell, a former Rush netminder himself, as the No. 1 man between the pipes.

Because of travel costs, Banister didn't want two goalies flying in from the Toronto area, and he will try to relocate Campbell to Calgary and find him a job in the oil patch.

Campbell also has trouble travelling because he is battling a form of Crohn's Disease.

"It's better to have our players in the local market," Banister said.

"The price of fuel is going up 25 percent, so our travel costs are going up at least that much. The less trips from long distances the better. There's obviously some big costs in flying in players from Toronto.

"Chugger is a free agent and can go anywhere he wants. We thought we might as well get something for him in case he decided not to play with us. We didn't have a choice in the matter unless we franchised him."

In the expansion draft, teams had the option of protecting one goalie and 13 runners, or two goalies and 10 runners.

Banister opted to protect 13 runners and Campbell. Left exposed are forwards Curt Malawsky, Kelly Hall and Shawn Cable, defenders Scott Carnegie, Kyle Couling, Devan Wray and Hartzell, plus goalies Avery and King.

Banister is gambling the Blazers wouldn't be interested in Western Canadian-based players, which includes everyone on that list except for Carnegie.

"Scott Carnegie played a few games for us and is going to be a great player in four or five years," Banister said.

"If we happen to lose him, that's the price of expansion. I don't want to lose anybody. We did the best for the players we have.

"We're still working on something that will give us a defence mechanism against losing anybody. That's what I'm working on right now. We have a lot of quality players, and you can't protect them all."

King started his career with the Riggers in 2002 and was the starter before being replaced by Curtis Palidwor, who is also in Edmonton now.

The Portland LumberJax took King from Calgary in their expansion draft, but he was traded to Edmonton this season for goalie Matt Disher.

Hartzell, a 25-year-old Edmonton native, played one game with the Rush last season.

NLL EXPANSION DRAFT

Roughnecks protected and unprotected players for July 24 Boston Blazers expansion draft (Calgary can only lose one player):

PROTECTED

G Pat Campbell

D Mike Carnegie

D Bruce Codd

F Dane Dobbie

T Nolan Heavenor

F Tracey Kelusky

D Jeff Moleski

D Andrew McBride

D Peter McFetridge

D Ryan McNish

F Scott Ranger

F Josh Sanderson

T Jeff Shattler

F Kaleb Toth

UNPROTECTED

G Ryan Avery

F Shawn Cable

D Scott Carnegie

D Kyle Couling

F Kelly Hall

D Kris Hartzell

G Matt King

F Curt Malawsky*

D Devan Wray

*-unrestricted free agent


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