Riggers deal d-man to his home base

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 11:27 AM ET

Being a burgeoning financial planner, Ryan McNish just hopes he has made the right move.

The Calgary Roughnecks granted McNish's request yesterday for a trade to his adopted hometown Edmonton Rush so he can continuing working as an independent broker with World Financial Group.

"It's tough when you are on the road every weekend," said McNish, who goes to the Rush with a third-round pick in 2010 for a first-rounder that same year.

"It's going to be easier if I am in Edmonton. If my clients did have any problems, I would be able to handle it in person.

"I love the city of Calgary, and I love the guys, but lacrosse players don't make much money, and it's tough to uproot your life for it."

McNish started the new job late last National Lacrosse League season when he didn't miss a game for the Roughnecks, but it is going full bore now that he was given reserve status in the army.

As a helicopter technician, McNish can now set his own hours to work part-time with the military. His squadron is set to ship out for Afghanistan Dec. 20 without him, but he doesn't mind because it would have meant being away from his soon-to-be wife, whom he will marry in two weeks.

"It was a personal decision, and I hope a couple of years from now it was the best one," McNish said.

The loss of McNish is a blow to the Roughnecks defence. Not only do they lose his size (6-foot-2, 230-lb.) but also his experience. In four seasons, the Winnipeg native has grown into one of the more dependable defenders in the league, especially when it comes to protection.

Riggers head coach Troy Cordingley said the job of replacing McNish's minutes will be collective. They do have options with youngsters Peter McFeteridge and Scott Carnegie heading into their second years along with draft pick Curtis Manning, who is expected to contribute immediately. Veterans Andrew McBride, Kyle Couling, Devan Wray and Jeff Moleski are still the anchors among the defenders.

"We're obviously going with a younger lineup this year," Cordingley said. "Collectively as a team, we're all going to have to pick up the slack for Ryan."

McNish admits the Battle of Alberta will feel different being on the other side. But that doesn't mean he will take it easy on his old friends.

"There's too many guys who have too much pride to let friendship get in the way of good lacrosse," McNish said. "Everybody that plays in the NLL has the same feelings towards it. They have friends on other teams. "


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