A pair of teams in the hunt for the Champion's Cup looked to shore up their defense just prior to the Trade Deadline at 5pm Eastern Time today. The Buffalo Bandits re-acquired All-Star defenseman Andy Ogilvie from the Vancouver Ravens in exchange for defenseman Greg Flores and the conditional draft selection Vancouver gave to Buffalo when Ogilvie was sent from the Bandits to the Ravens back in December. The Ravens also acquired a 2004 first round selection and a 2005 second round selection from the San Jose Stealth in exchange for defenseman Darren Reisig. The trade is conditional upon Reisig being able to report to San Jose. Earlier today, the Colorado Mammoth re-acquired forward Tom Phair from the Anaheim Storm for a second round selection in the 2004 Entry Draft. Phair played in every game for Colorado last season before joining the Anaheim Storm as a free agent prior to the start of the season. Earlier today, the San Jose Stealth acquired forward Josh Bergey from the Toronto Rock in exchange for defenseman Tim O'Brien. Bergey is the younger brother of Philadelphia Wings forward Jake Bergey, and was a first-round selection by Toronto in the 2003 Entry Draft.
On Monday, the Buffalo Bandits acquired forward Roy Colsey from the Anaheim Storm in exchange for forward Ryan Powell and third round selection in the 2004 Entry Draft. Colsey is a nine-year veteran and is closing in on 400 career points.
"All year we've been lacking a big right-handed outside shot," said Silcott. "We've got a bunch of talented offensive righties but bringing Roy in gives us that big shot that should open up the middle for us. We'll be talking to Roy very soon about his role with this team. Hopefully he can come in, find his niche and help us down the stretch in the playoffs."
A nine-year NLL veteran, Colsey scored 11 goals and nine assists for Anaheim in eight games this season. In 101 career games, he has scored 214 goals and 167 assists for 381 points. This is Colsey's second tour of duty with the Bandits. He appeared in six games during the 2002 season scoring 11 goals and eight assists for 19 points.
Over the weekend, the Calgary Roughnecks added veteran defenseman Craig Gelsvik to their active roster over the weekend, and waived forward Jordan West-Pratt. The Toronto Rock placed forward Ryan Painter on injured reserve and added forward Eric Pacey to their active roster. The Rochester Knighthawks signed forwards Shawn Wilkins and Dennis Juleff to their practice squad.
Please see the complete list of team activity leading up the trade deadline:
Tuesday, March 23
ANAHEIM STORM: Traded forward Tom Phair to the Colorado Mammoth in exchange for Colorado's second round selection in the 2004 Entry Draft.
ARIZONA STING: Signed goaltender Josh McNaughton to its practice squad.
BUFFALO BANDITS: Released forward Thomas Montour.
CALGARY ROUGHNECKS: Signed forwards Jeff Moleski, Jordan West-Pratt and goaltender Chris Levis to its practice squad.
COLORADO MAMMOTH: Placed transition player Nick Carlson on injured reserve.
PHILADELPHIA WINGS: Signed forward Bryan Cole to its practice squad.
ROCHESTER KNIGHTHAWKS: Signed forward Patrick Dutton to its practice squad.
SAN JOSE STEALTH: Traded defenseman Tim O'Brien to the Toronto Rock for forward Josh Bergey.
VANCOUVER RAVENS: Traded defenseman Andy Ogilive to the Buffalo Bandits for defenseman Greg Floris and the conditional draft selection that was originally sent to Buffalo from Vancouver in 2003. Traded defenseman Darren Reisig to the San Jose Stealth for a first round selection in the 2004 Entry Draft and second round selection in the 2005 Entry draft.
Monday, March 22
BUFFALO BANDITS: Traded the rights to forward Ryan Powell and their third round selection in the 2004 Entry Draft to the Anaheim Storm for forward Roy Colsey.
ROCHESTER KNIGHTHAWKS: Signed forwards Dennis Juleff and Shawn Wilkins to its practice squad.
TORONTO ROCK: Placed forward Ryan Painter on injured reserve and signed forward Eric Pacey.
Saturday, March 20
CALGARY ROUGHNECKS: Signed defenseman Craig Gelsvik and waived forward Jordan West-Pratt.
The league trade deadline has now passed. The only moves teams can now make are from within their own organization. Players can be moved to/from the active roster to/from the practice squad, injured list or holdout list.