February 3, 2010

NLL: Goalies 'Flat,' Calgary Makes Moves

from press releases

CALGARY, AB and DENVER– Calgary Roughnecks President and General Manager Brad Banister announced today that the club has acquired goaltender Mike Poulin from the Boston Blazers in exchange for Calgary’s first round draft pick in the 2011 NLL Entry Draft.

Banister also announced that Roughnecks goaltender Chris Levis will now be suiting up for the Colorado Mammoth after being traded for Colorado’s second round pick in the 2011 NLL Entry Draft. Levis spent four games in the 2010 season with the Roughnecks after being acquired from the Edmonton Rush.
Terms of both deals were not disclosed and are subject to league approval.
“After last week’s game in Edmonton, it was evident that our goaltenders needed to challenge each other,” said Banister.
“Our goalies were a little flat last weekend. We decided to move Chris Levis back to Colorado, and we were fortunate to get a second round pick for him.”
Poulin, who spent the last two seasons with the Boston Blazers, logged 71 minutes, posting a Goals Against Average (GAA) of 13.54. The 215-pound, 25-year old netminder spent two seasons with the Toronto Rock before moving to Boston. He was named the Major Series Lacrosse Most Valuable Player in 2008.
“We not only get a great goaltender, we also get a great goaltender with youth behind him,” said Banister.
“He’s a legend in our league, and it was a good move for him to come to Calgary.”
According to Banister, Poulin wasn’t going to get much playing time in Boston with Anthony Cosmo there.
“He’ll play an important role with Matt King,” added Banister. “A great starting tandem, not unlike the tandem we had last year with Patty Campbell.”

Colorado has also signed veteran forward Chris Gill.

Levis and Gill are no strangers to Denver, having each played for the Mammoth in past seasons. Following a year with the Edmonton Rush, Levis stayed in Alberta and began this season with Calgary.

“Familiarity played a big role in him coming here,” said Steve Govett, the Mammoth’s president, general manager and interim head coach. “I know him well and he knows the team well.  Any time you make a mid-season trade like this, it helps when you don’t have to go through introducing him to a new team and a new system.”

The left-handed goalie from Windsor, Ontario will look to shore up a goaltending tandem with current Mammoth goalie Andrew Leyshon, as a young Mammoth squad works to better position itself in the West Division standings.

 “Chris brings a more veteran presence on the bench,” explained Govett. “In the goal, he plays a different style than Andy Leyshon, so it will help in showing opposing offenses a different look when switching goalies.  Chris’s experience is the number one strength that he brings to this team.”

In 2009, Levis logged 596 minutes between the pipes for the Rush with an 11.27 goals against average and a 775 save percentage.

Gill replaced injured captain John Gallant on the 23-man roster.  The Mammoth has placed Gallant on the injured reserve list following successful surgery to repair the broken bone in his hand.  Gill, who played for the Mammoth in three of the last four seasons including the 2009 campaign, has scored 337 goals and recorded 219 assists in his NLL career.

Govett feels that Colorado has a good amount of young defensive depth, which allowed the Mammoth to replace a defenseman with a forward on the roster.

Levis and Gill will be suiting up as members of the Mammoth this Friday night as Colorado hosts the Orlando Titans at Pepsi Center.

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