NLL Draft Set for Oct. 1; Recent Transactions, Signings

"Mike is without question one of the top defenders in the NLL and is an anchor on our back end," said Stealth General Manager Doug Locker. "Having him back in 2013 was a very important priority for our organization."

Grimes entered the NLL as the sixth overall pick in the 2006 Entry Draft for the Arizona Sting. He played the 2008 season with the Edmonton Rush before joining the Stealth in 2009. In his career, Grimes has tallied 66 points (28g, 38a) and 433 loose balls in 81 games. He's also appeared in eight playoff games all with the Stealth and has one goal, six assists and 54 loose balls.

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Toronto Rock General Manager Terry Sanderson announced the signings of three players on Friday. Veteran defencemen Drew Petkoff and Scott Johnston along with free agent defender Kyle Andrews have all signed one-year agreements covering the 2013 season pending league approval.

Petkoff missed all but 3 regular season games in 2012. He returned to action with the Rock early in the season after fully recovering from major knee surgery as a result of an injury sustained in 2011. Petkoff had a goal and an assist in his 3 games last season and also collected 13 loose balls.

Oakville, Ontario native Scott Johnston was originally signed as a free agent to the Rock's practice roster in 2012. With injuries mounting, Johnston was moved to the Rock's active roster later in the season and worked his way into 3 games scoring once and adding a pair of assists.

Andrews was selected by the Rochester Knighthawks in the third round of the 2011 NLL Entry Draft but failed to land a spot with the Knighthawks in 2012. The 22-year old native of Georgetown, Ontario split his junior lacrosse with his hometown Halton Hills Junior B Bulldogs and the Brampton Junior A Excelsiors.

Earlier in the week the Rock placed the franchise tag on Colin Doyle and Josh Sanderson for 2013. The team also re-signed goaltenders Nick Rose and Zak Boychuk along with defender Damon Edwards to one-year contracts.

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BUFFALO, NY (August 3, 2012) -- Buffalo Bandits General Manager Steve Dietrich today announced that the Bandits have acquired defenseman Glen Bryan and forward Jamie Rooney from the Toronto Rock in exchange for a second-round pick (14th overall) in the 2012 NLL Entry Draft and a fourth-round pick in 2013, pending league approval.

"We are very excited to add both Glen and Jamie," Dietrich said. "We thought that getting a chance to add two players that have a strong chance to play in our opening night lineup for a second-round pick was too much to pass up."

Bryan (5'9", 180 lbs., 2/13/89) joins the Bandits after spending his first two NLL seasons with Toronto. In 18 games with the Rock, Bryan tallied nine points (2+7) and 89 loose balls while totaling only nine penalty minutes. In five playoff games as a member of the Rock, he has added one goal and 23 loose balls.

"Glen is a terrific young defender who has been a winner at all levels," Dietrich said. "He was captain of a Minto Cup-winning team in Orangeville and was part of Toronto's Champion's Cup team of 2011."

A five-year NLL veteran, Rooney (5'10", 185 lbs. 7/31/84) has recorded 124 points (65+59) and 219 loose balls in 66 regular season games, adding 12 points (8+4) in four playoff contests.

"Jamie is a fearless offensive player who is very unselfish and has a great touch around the net," said Dietrich, who coached Rooney in Toronto last season as he recorded 14 points (8+6) and 34 loose balls in 10 games for the Rock.

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2012-08-15



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