The 2018 National Lacrosse League trade deadline came and went with barely a ripple. In fact, only one deal was confirmed:
In Taylor the Rock receive a lefty shooter that provides scoring depth to help cover off injuries. Saskatchewan only played the 24-year old once this season and secure another valuable draft pick for their already impressive bounty.
No blockbuster exchanges Monday can in part be attributed to general managers taking care of business ahead of the deadline. Notable names like Shawn Evans, Callum Crawford, Johnny Powless and Dan Dawson have all changed addresses since February.
I believe the lack of noise around the league says a lot about how these front offices feel about their rosters. How did the incredibly close race in the East effect decisions on last minute wheeling and dealing? Does not shipping out a high value asset, like a Corey Small, suggest that Vancouver feels it is closer to success than its record suggests?
NLL analyst Teddy Jenner and I discussed those questions and much more as the march to playoffs is now in full swing.
Other League Dates
April 16 – Deadline to sign street free agents. Teams cannot sign any player to their roster after this date.
April 29 – Regular season ends
Andy McNamara has been a play-by-play commentator for the NLL on TSN, NLLTV.com, and world lacrosse tournaments since 2011. He’s also a sport talk host and anchor on TSN 1050 sports radio. Follow Andy on twitter @AndyMc81.