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Rock make moves before deadline

03/19/2014, 10:45am EDT
By NLL.com

Toronto signs Kevin Ross & Jimmy Purves before Thursday's roster freeze

The Toronto Rock have made a series of roster moves before the NLL roster freeze deadline on Thursday. (Photo: Dale MacMillan)

The Toronto Rock have announced a series of roster moves including the signing of free agent forward Kevin Ross and free agent defenseman Jimmy Purves to the active roster.

A day after acquiring goaltender Brandon Miller from the Philadelphia Wings in exchange for Kyle Belton and a pair of draft picks, Rock general manager Terry Sanderson was at it again, shoring things up prior to Thursday’s NLL roster freeze.

To make room for the roster moves, defender Mike Lum-Walker and goaltender Steve Fryer were released from the active roster and signed to the practice roster. Being released from the practice roster were defender Dustin Dunn and transition player AJ Masson.

Purves became available after Rochester released him from their practice roster on Tuesday. Ross was released from the active roster by Philadelphia earlier on Wednesday.

In his seventh NLL season, Ross has most-recently had stops in Minnesota and Philadelphia. He scored six goals and added six assists for 12 points in six games this season with the Wings.  In 2012 with the Swarm, the 28-year old put up career-high totals for goals (28) and points (59). Last season in Minnesota, he tallied a career-high 33 assists en route to a 53-point campaign.

Purves, 23-years-old and in his fourth NLL season, had yet to play a game in 2014. He won a championship with Rochester last season and dressed for all three of the Knighthawks playoff games. He started his NLL career in Buffalo in 2011 and moved on to Rochester during the 2013 season via trade.

All transactions are pending league approval.

Toronto is on the road this weekend in Philadelphia but returns home on Sunday, March 30 at 3 p.m. ET to face the undefeated Edmonton Rush.

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