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posted 02.19.2012 at 11.45 a.m. by Corey McLaughlin

Rabil Requests Trade Back East

The National Lacrosse League's Edmonton Rush said Saturday that Paul Rabil, recently acquired in a trade with the Washington Stealth in exchange for contract holdout Athan Iannucci, has asked for a trade to an Eastern U.S. market that would put him closer to home in Baltimore.

Rabil and the Stealth, who traded Rabil last week, were trying to work out a similar deal to an East team before the transition star was shipped to Edmonton. So now the Rush find themselves in limbo, having just traded away a contract holdout for another star player that may not end up playing a game for them.

"Both sides are going to take a week or so to digest this and figure out the best plan moving forward and will then update media and fans," the Rush said in a statement Saturday.

Rabil did not play for the Rush on Saturday in Edmonton's 12-8 loss to Calgary.

The Buffalo Bandits, Rochester Knighthawks and Philadelphia Wings are the only three NLL teams that qualifty as playing in Eastern U.S. markets.

Could Rochester, recently having seen five players suspended, want to acquire a player with star power like Rabil? The Knighthawks' comeback win over Washington on Saturday doesn't exactly help that notion, however.