The Edmonton Rush have matched the Buffalo Bandits' offer sheet for restricted free agent Ryan Dilks. (Photo: Adam Borgstahl)
The National Lacrosse League has announced that the Edmonton Rush have matched the offer sheet from the Buffalo Bandits for restricted free agent Ryan Dilks and have signed the defenseman to the four-year deal.
The Rush reserved the right to match the offer within 72 hours, with a deadline of 8:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, Nov. 28, in order to retain the defenseman on their roster and did so in less than 24 hours.
Dilks is entering his fourth NLL season and has spent the last two years with the Rush. The Hamilton, Ontario native has recorded 21 points (12+9), 140 loose balls and 26 penalty minutes in 44 career games played along with three points (1+2) and 11 loose balls in three playoff games.
Dilks is the second RFA to sign an offer sheet with another club during this year's free agent signing period. Mac Allen signed with the Rochester Knighthawks last week after the Colorado Mammoth opted not to match the offer.
The Rush also agreed to terms on new two-year deals for goaltender Aaron Bold and forward Zack Greer.
“We are very pleased to have Ryan returning to us as he is blossoming into one of our best defensemen – as evidenced by another team trying to bring him into their mix,” said Rush general manager and head coach Derek Keenan.
“It’s very important that we retain the talent we’ve developed and continue to build around the core group which Ryan is certainly a part of.
“I’m also extremely happy to have both Aaron and Zack under new multi-year deals. Aaron can definitely be a standout goalie in this league, and Zack is the kind of shooter that every team covets – someone who can turn the game around in an instant with his type of shot.”
Bold had a strong 2013 campaign for the Rush, finishing the season with an 8-5 record, tying him for third amongst NLL goaltenders in wins along with a career-high in victories. The Victoria, B.C., native also managed a stellar 10.56 goals-against average – good enough for second in the league – to go with 439 saves and a .744 save-percentage. Bold, a 2012 NLL All-Star, has totaled 108 career regular-season game with a 10.90 goals-against average and .763 career save-percentage.
Greer has become one of the NLL’s pre-eminent sharpshooters and one of the Rush’s top contributors on the offensive attack. Hailing from Whitby, Ontario, Greer finished last season tied for second on the Rush with 28 goals including a team-leading seven power-play markers. Greer ended 2013 tied for second in the league with four game-winning goals, and placed fourth on the Rush with 53 points. Heading into his fifth NLL campaign, Greer has racked up 83 goals and 148 points through 54 regular-season games.