Tuesday, March 15, 2011

NLL trade deadline notes

The Colorado Mammoth have announced that they have re-acquired former team captain Gavin Prout in a trade with the Edmonton Rush in exchange for forward Mike McLellan and a first-round draft pick in the 2011 NLL Entry Draft.
Prout, who spent the last one-plus seasons in Edmonton, is the Mammoth's all-time leading scorer and has 775 career points. The right-handed forward played in Colorado from 2004-2009 and led the team to the Champion's Cup in 2006.
"Gavin meant a lot to this organization for the six years that he was here," said Mammoth president and general manager Steve Govett. "We welcome back his tremendous leadership in the locker room and on the field."

The Washington Stealth and Mammoth announced a trade just minutes before the 3 p.m. EST trade deadline.  The Stealth acquired forward Cliff Smith from Colorado in exchange for Joel Dalgarno, Ian Hawksbee and a third round selection in the 2011 NLL Entry Draft.
Smith, a 6’3”, 210-pound forward from Surrey, B.C., comes to the Stealth after spending his first two seasons in the NLL with the Mammoth.  In eight games with Colorado this season, the left-handed Smith has tallied eight goals and three assists for eleven points in the NLL’s lowest-scoring offense.  With the move, Stealth head coach Chris Hall thinks that Smith’s skills will be better suited in the league’s highest-scoring offense.
“Cliff is a big, strong guy and brings a tremendous amount of grit and skill,” said Hall.  “We’ve been watching him for a long time – through juniors, his time with the New Westminster Salmonbellies and his pro career – and he has huge upside.  We think the fit will be right for him in Washington.”
Smith has played four seasons with the New Westminster Salmonbellies of the Western Lacrosse Association in British Columbia.  The Salmonbellies have won the WLA Championship each of the last three summers.  In 99 regular season and playoff games with New Westminster, Smith has accumulated 147 goals and 145 assists for 292 points.
The Stealth sends Dalgarno, a left-handed forward, and Hawksbee, a left-handed defenseman, to Colorado along with a third round pick in the 2011 NLL Entry Draft.

“In order to bring in Smith, a guy we felt was a piece we needed in our lineup, you have to give up a lot to do it,” Hall said .  “Dalgarno and Hawksbee have been very valuable for us and we are very sorry to see them go.”
Dalgarno joined the Stealth prior to the 2010 season in a trade with the Toronto Rock that included All-Stars Lewis Ratcliff and Colin Doyle.  Dalgarno has appeared in two games for the Stealth this season, recording three goals and an assist.

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