Rush add defender and second-round draft pick in swap with Toronto

Michelle Berg/Saskatoon StarPhoenix. Saskatchewan Rush's Dan Lintner takes on Colorado Mammoth in NLL action at SaskTel Centre. Photo taken in Saskatoon, Sask. on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022.

Saskatoon StarPhoenix Staff

The Saskatchewan Rush lost one Dilks this off-season, but added another through a trade on Thursday.

The Rush swung a deal with the Toronto Rock, sending forward Dan Lintner and a fifth-round draft pick in 2024 down east in exchange for defender Jamison Dilks and a second-round pick in 2024.

Dilks, 25, is the brother of Rush defender and captain Ryan Dilks, who signed a free-agent deal with the Vancouver Warriors this past off-season. The younger Dilks has played 28 National Lacrosse League games, collecting two goals and 49 loose balls.

Lintner picked up 22 goals, 10 assists and 32 points in 15 games with the Rush this past season.

The Rush completed another transaction on Tuesday, signing veteran forward Ryan Keenan to a two-year contract. Keenan, a first-overall selection in the 2016 entry draft, notched 72 points for the Rush last season.

Saskatchewan’s initial training-camp session is less than a month away — they open Nov. 3 — and they’ll play a pre-season game in Moose Jaw against Calgary on Nov. 25. They’ll open their regular season Dec. 1 against the host Halifax Thunderbirds.