Thursday, August 19, 2010

Rock sign Orson to Offer Sheet, New Trend in the NLL?

The Toronto Rock have signed yet another Boston Blazer's restricted FA defenseman, John Orson. The Blazers, similar to Paul Dawson, have up to 72 hours to match that. The Blazers are obviously vulnerable with money after acquiring Casey Powell and Josh Sanderson, but may have cleared some space trading Daryl Veltman. The Blazers acquired Orson from the Orlando Titans in the recent dispersal draft. Orson was expected to be a key in the Blazer's defensive plans.
Meanwhile, there will be an arbitration hearing for the whole Paul Dawson thing. The Blazers traded him to the Calgary Roughnecks and they matched the offer sheet Toronto signed him to. The question is what is Dawson owed for the 2011 season?
Quote from Inside Lacrosse:

The league maintains the stance that a matching offer to a restricted free agent only include the player’s base compensation and bonuses, the Professional Lacrosse Player’s Association also looking for promotional monies to be included, Dawson’s offer from the Rock also including those additional payments which normally includes non-playing additions like appearances, camps and extras of that nature

This will resolve an NLL-wide issue, as Professional lacrosse Players Association member David Succamore says. Dawson is still expected to be a Calgary Roughneck in this upcoming season.

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