December 31, 2010

Edmonton Rush Sign McBride and Morgan

from press release

, Alberta - Edmonton Rush General Manager/Head Coach Derek Keenan announced four roster moves as his club begins its final preparations for the start of the 2011 National Lacrosse League season.

The Rush open the NLL campaign on Saturday, Jan. 8 by paying a visit to the defending East Division-champion Toronto Rock.

Edmonton signed two players to bolster its transition and defensive corps, bringing in skilled loose-ball collector Bobby McBride and sizeable defender David Morgan. To make room on the roster, the Rush have released defender Ian Crashley and moved transition player Devan Wray to their practice roster.

“Being able to latch onto McBride really gives us another player to complement our style of up-tempo lacrosse,” noted Keenan. “Bobby works extremely hard to chase after loose balls and that ultimately will lead to us getting more scoring opportunities in a fast transition.

“Adding David gives us a credible physical presence at the back end – someone who is more than capable of handling things when called upon but also a player who can compete at a top level.” 

McBride joins the Rush following two seasons with the Rochester Knighthawks, who released the six-foot, 185-pounder at the end of their training camp. Last year, McBride set a career-high with 80 loose balls while playing in only nine regular-season games. The 27-year-old, who spent his rookie campaign of 2008 with the Chicago Shamrox, has compiled 18 goals and 27 assists for 45 points plus 216 loose balls in 32 career regular-season games.

A recent free-agent signing, Morgan will be a stern and imposing figure in the defensive end. The six-foot-10, 260-pounder played four seasons under Keenan with the Portland LumberJax and spent last season with the Colorado Mammoth. In 28 career regular-season games, Morgan has accumulated five points and 56 penalty minutes.

Wray was acquired prior to the start of training camp from the Calgary Roughnecks in exchange for the Rush’s sixth-round pick in the 2011 NLL Entry Draft. The Edmonton native had spent his entire seven-year NLL career with Calgary and helped the club win two Champion’s Cup titles.

Crashley joined the Rush in a 2008 trade with the Portland Lumberjax. The six-foot-four, 220-pounder missed all of the 2009 season due to a serious knee injury but bounced back last season to play in 15 regular-season games, leading Edmonton with 50 penalty minutes while collecting 50 loose balls.

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