- Portland Tribune - Sports
Next: The LumberJax (4-7) have the weekend off before their final five games. The stretch begins against San Jose on April 5 in the Rose Garden.
• The Jax made a move to solidify their goaltending, acquiring 6-3, 240-pound Matt Disher from Edmonton and sending Matt King to the Rush. Disher had appeared in nine Edmonton games while sharing duties with Curtis Palidwor.
'We'll give him the job and let him run with it,' Portland General Manager/coach Derek Keenan says of Disher, 31. 'I think he'll like the defense he sees in front of him, and I know our guys will get a boost of confidence. He's a legitimate goalie in the NLL and has been for a long time.'
Veteran Dallas Eliuk remains the backup.
Disher has an 0-3 record, 11.65 goals against average and .750 save percentage. King's numbers in 11 games were 4-5, 12.00 and .720.
'He's a tremendous kid and a good athlete, and we gave him a fair opportunity and it didn't work,' Keenan says of King. 'We feel we have a good team, we're not a 4-7 team - we could be 7-4 or 8-3 if we had improvement in that area (goaltending).'
The Jax also sent Ian Crashley and a 2009 first-round draft pick to Edmonton and got a 2009 fourth-round pick. 'I hated to give up Crashley,' Keenan says.
• The long break between last Thursday's 16-15 home win against Colorado to April 5 will give Ryan Powell (ankle) and Scott Stewart (back) time to get healthier.