(NLL) - The Edmonton Rush re-signed three key veterans on Tuesday, including restricted free agent defenceman Ryan Dilks, who had been signed to an offer sheet from the Buffalo Bandits.
The Rush had a 72-hour window to match the offer made to Dilks by the Bandits, and the team chose to waste little time in matching a four-year deal to the Hamilton, Ontario, product. Dilks has played the last two seasons in Edmonton and in 2013 collected 10 points including one shorthanded goal, 59 loose balls and 13 forced turnovers.
The Rush also agreed to terms on new two-year deals for goaltender Aaron Bold and hard-shooting forward Zack Greer.
"We are very pleased to have Ryan returning to us as he is blossoming into one of our best defensemen – as evidenced by another team trying to bring him into their mix," said Rush general manager and head coach Derek Keenan.
"It's very important that we retain the talent we've developed and continue to build around the core group which Ryan is certainly a part of.
"I'm also extremely happy to have both Aaron and Zack under new multi-year deals. Aaron can definitely be a standout goalie in this league, and Zack is the kind of shooter that every team covets – someone who can turn the game around in an instant with his type of shot."
Bold had a strong 2013 campaign for the Rush, finishing the season with an 8-5 record, tying him for third amongst NLL goaltenders in wins along with a career-high in victories. The Victoria, B.C., native also managed a stellar 10.56 goals-against average – good enough for second in the league – to go with 439 saves and a .744 save-percentage.
Greer has become one of the NLL's pre-eminent sharpshooters and one of the Rush's top contributors on the offensive attack. Hailing from Whitby, Ontario, Greer finished last season tied for second on the Rush with 28 goals including a team-leading seven power-play markers. Greer ended 2013 tied for second in the league with four game-winning goals, and placed fourth on the Rush with 53 points.