Jax And Rush Swap Three Players

Portland Lumberjax

March 25, 2008 - National Lacrosse League (NLL) - Portland Lumberjax

News Release

PORTLAND - The Portland LumberJax have acquired Edmonton Rush goalie Matt Disher and a Fourth Round Selection in the 2009 National Lacrosse League Entry Draft in exchange for goalie Matt King, defenseman Ian Crashley and a First Round Selection in the 2009 NLL Entry Draft. The trade was completed before the NLL\'s trade deadline, which was at 12 p.m. PST today.

A nine-year veteran, Disher brings a loaded resume that includes ample playoff experience. The 31-year-old native of Hagersville, Ontario has made the playoffs the last two seasons with the Minnesota Swarm and with Buffalo in 2000. For a young team looking to make a statement, Disher was the choice.

"This is one of the most significant deals this franchise has made," said Head Coach/General Manager Derek Keenan. "We parted with some very good people and strong assets, but we really felt it was necessary. We feel very confident in Disher\'s abilities."

Splitting time in goal with Curtis Palidwor for the Rush this season, Disher appeared in five games, making 126 saves and posting a goals-against-average of 11.65. Disher made a season-high 30 saves on Feb. 23 in an 11-8 loss in addition to his .750 saves percentage in 2008.

For his career, Disher has made 3,171 saves, which is eighth all-time in the NLL.

"With Dallas Eliuk coming off the bench and a young Joel Weber in the wings, our goaltending is secure for many years," added Keenan.

With the franchise since its inception, King leaves with an overall record of 8-9 and a saves percentage of .736 in his two-plus seasons. This season, King appeared in all 11 games, posting a 4-5 record and yielding 12 goals-per-game.

In his second season in the NLL, Crashley appeared in 10 games, scoring one goal and adding three assists. He also accumulated 14 penalty minutes and collected 47 loose balls.

"With this trade I think the message is pretty clear," said Keenan. "We have a team that can go a long way."

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