No Wray d-man gets away

IAN BUSBY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:41 AM ET

It was only a paper transaction that sent him to Boston, but Devan Wray is happy to be back in Calgary nonetheless.

The veteran defender was reacquired by the Calgary Roughnecks yesterday after Wray was scooped up in last week's National Lacrosse League expansion draft by the Boston Blazers, who will begin play this upcoming season.

"I never really wrapped my head around being a Boston Blazer," the five-year Rigger said from his vacation spot in the Okanagan.

"I was prepared to do it if that's what it came down to. I've been with the Roughnecks for so many years now that I have a strong relationship with so many people around this city in general."

The Roughnecks sent defender Travis Gillespie along with a third-round draft pick in 2008 to get Wray back.

The Blazers then flipped Gillespie, Tom Johnson and their third-round draft pick in the 2009 draft to San Jose in exchange for Steve Panarelli, Sean Morris and a second-round draft pick in 2010.

Gillespie hasn't played with the Riggers since 2006, so the team doesn't give up a player off its active roster to Boston.

Riggers owner Brad Banister took a gamble on leaving the 28-year-old Wray unprotected, believing the Blazers wouldn't take a Calgary-based player.

They did, knowing Wray would have value.

But Wray is set up here, having just received a promotion to general manager at Advantage Sport, a nationwide company that does flooring for athletic facilities.


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