The Trade - Smart but could linger negatively in fans hearts!
January 6, 2015
The Big Trade between the Lizards, Cannons and Machine certainly helped the Lizards and the Machine, I think it might leave Cannons fans scratching their heads. Paul Rabil the leagues best midfielder and arguably the best player in lacrosse fills a gap that the Lizards were looking fill, with Pannell, Crotty, Gibson and Palasak they already have a star studded attack but Rabil adds a dImension absent from the team for the last few years, a big strong dodge and go mid that can score at will. Max Siebald is one of the best and was terrific for the Lizards but didnt give the lizards the dimension that Rabil will. This offensive combination for the lizards will present some concerns for opposing defenses, Rabil usually gets the pole as well as an early slide and Pannell who also will get a quick slide now will open up guys like Crotty, Morasco, Palasak and Kimmel.
It's no secret that the Machine needed a boost on the defensive side, Brian Karalunas (BK) will be a great addition to the Ohio Machine, BK is one of the best LSM's in the league as well as having the capability of playing close defense as he proved the last few years in New York. New York has tried to boost their defense over the past two seasons with the trade for Kyle Hartzell and Holmes the drafting of Fletcher and Duprey made a quality player like Karalunas free for this trade.
As it relates to lacrosse this was a great trade for all teams as it fills gaps for each team involved but as it relates to popularity this may linger a while in the hearts of hard core fans for New York and Boston as the Seibald and Rabil along with Stone and Karalunas were very well liked.
Who does this trade benifit more? Personlly, I think the Lizards benefit the best from this blockbuster as Spallina fills the need they have been looking for which is a big atheletic scoring midfielder. The challenge for Spallina is to create a team first enviroment and not a bunch of high profile names. Coach Tucker and Cannons have been trying to develop a more balanced team approach by trying to spread the scoring around and I think Max fits that bill better than Rabil. The emergence of mid Rob Emery and attack Will Manny, the play of Kevin Buchanan, and the addition of Ryan Young Tuckers offense should become more balanced. The negative is they don't have Paul Rabil.
Emotion a side, this was a good deal for all the teams involved as they each filled areas of need and philosophical vision.