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Nll Free Agency Period Open For ’16 Season

The National Lacrosse League free agency period opened on Saturday, Aug. 1 with teams now free to pursue restricted and unrestricted free agents on the market for the 2016 NLL season and beyond. With the passing of the July 31 deadline, teams are no longer able to make qualifying offers to avoid restricted free agency or place franchise tag designations on players.

Buffalo Bandits

Restricted Free Agents
David Brock (signed)
Joe Smith
Kevin Brownell (signed)
Alex Kedoh Hill (signed)

Unrestricted Free Agents
Anthony Cosmo (signed)
Jamie Rooney
Billy Dee Smith (franchise tag – signed)
Mark Steenhuis
Derek Suddons
John Tavares
Andrew Watt

Calgary Roughnecks

Restricted Free Agents
Curtis Dickson (qualified)
Shawn Evans (qualified)
Jon Harnett (qualified)
Dan MacRae (qualified)
Frankie Scigliano (signed)

Unrestricted Free Agents
Mike Carnegie (signed)
Andrew McBride
Jeff Moleski (signed with Vancouver as UFA)
Sean Pollock
Geoff Snider (released)
Daryl Veltman (signed with Buffalo as UFA)

Colorado Mammoth

Restricted Free Agents
Dan Ball
Tyler Codron
Creighton Reid
Alex Turner

Unrestricted Free Agents
John Gallant
Ian Hawksbee
Chet Koneczny
John Orsen
Bob Snider
Drew Westervelt

Georgia Swarm

Restricted Free Agents
Alex Crepinsek
David Earl
Josh Gillam
Mike Grimes (qualified)
Shayne Jackson (qualified)
Jordan MacIntosh (qualified)
Kiel Matisz (qualified)
Corbyn Tao
Joel White (qualified)

Unrestricted Free Agents
Mitch Belisle
Callum Crawford
Greg Downing

New England Black Wolves

Restricted Free Agents
Kevin Buchanan (signed)
Ned Crotty
Kyle Hartzell
Ryan Hotaling (signed)
Jamie Lincoln (signed)
Mike McNamara
Drew Petkoff
Jimmy Purves
Paul Rabil
Max Seibald
Pat Saunders (signed offer sheet with Buffalo on 8/5 – New England matched contract to retain Saunders’ rights)

Unrestricted Free Agents
Brett Bucktooth (signed)
Brett Manney (signed)

Rochester Knighthawks

Restricted Free Agents
Angus Goodleaf (signed)
Joe Resetarits (signed)

Unrestricted Free Agents
Mac Allen
Ian Llord
Jon Sullivan (signed)
Joe Walters (signed)

Saskatchewan Rush

Restricted Free Agents
Nik Bilic
Jeff Cornwall
Zack Greer (qualified)

Unrestricted Free Agents
Aaron Bold (franchise tag)

Toronto Rock

Restricted Free Agents
Kevin Crowley
Scott Johnston
Jesse Gamble (signed)
Brett Hickey (signed)
Bill Hostrawser (signed)

Unrestricted Free Agents
Sandy Chapman
Bill Greer
Pat Merrill
Josh Sanderson

Vancouver Stealth

Restricted Free Agents
Matt Beers (signed)
Rhys Duch (qualified)
Chris O’Dougherty (signed)
Justin Salt (signed)
Kyle Sorensen
Jarrett Toll (signed)

Unrestricted Free Agents
Ilija Gajic
Curtis Hodgson (signed)
Cliff Smith

Should a restricted free agent sign an offer sheet with another club, the team with rights to the RFA will have 72 hours to match the offer. As per the terms of the league’s Collective Bargaining Agreement, if a team loses an unrestricted free agent to another club, they may be eligible to receive compensatory draft pick(s) for the following season(s).

Check back to NLL.com for updates on free agency news and more offseason coverage.