The Colorado Mammoth recently agreed to contract terms with 12 players with the start of traning camp just weeks away. (Photo: Jack Dempsey)
With the ratification of a new seven-year Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) between the National Lacrosse League and the Professional Lacrosse Players’ Association and the fast-approaching start of training camp, the Colorado Mammoth front office has announced a slew of roster moves. A total of 12 players, including John Gallant, the longest-tenured player in franchise history, have been signed, pending league approval.
“The past week has been an exciting voyage, ensuring that our franchise is poised to make a run at a championship this season,” said Mammoth president & general manager Steve Govett. “With just 18 days until [training] camp, there’s still a lot more to get done.”
Nine of the 12 players signed are returning from last year including: Gallant, Colton Clark, Joel Dalgarno, Jaeden Gastaldo, Chet Koneczny, Mat MacLeod, Jordan McBride, John Orsen and Sean Pollock. Draft picks Cody McMahon and Dom Sebastiani and draft-day acquisition Jackson Decker also agreed to terms.
Last week, the Mammoth made John Grant, Jr. the first player signed under the terms of the new CBA. Grant Jr. will finish his career in Colorado as the nine-time All-Star and nine-time All-Pro signed a four-year deal as the final contract of his professional lacrosse career.
“For years, I wanted to play in Colorado,” said Grant. “The Mammoth organization and its tremendous fans have embraced me since my arrival prior to the 2011 season. There’s no better place to call home than Pepsi Center!”
In Grant, Jr.’s three years in a Mammoth uniform, he’s scored a league-best 129 goals while his 290 points are also tops in the NLL during the span.
“Some thought John was past his prime when we traded for him in October 2010,” said Mammoth president & general manager Steve Govett. “It’s fair to say that he’s proven all of the naysayers wrong.”