Every team in the National Lacrosse League had until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 15th to finalize their rosters for the remainder of the season and the upcoming playoffs. The Rochester Knighthawks ended up releasing defensemen Tyler Burton and Matt Hummell. Burton and Hummell were then immediately signed to Rochester's Practice Player List which means they are still technically on the team and could be moved to the active roster in light of an injury.
The moves come after Rochester acquired three defensemen at the trade deadline earlier this week - Jimmy Purves and Scott Self from the Buffalo Bandits and Jon Sullivan from the Colorado Mammoth. To see a full recap of all the trades made before yesterday's deadline, click the link below this article.
While Matt Hummell only actually played in one game this season, it is pretty surprising to see Tyler Burton also being demoted to the Practice Player List. He was named the team's Most Improved Player in 2011 and was third on the team with 68 loose balls in 2012, a career high. He was also Rochester's best faceoff man last year (though that isn't saying much considering he only won 46.8% of draws).
One would have expected Ian Llord, who is in his first season as a Knighthawk after being cut by the Bandits in October, to be moved to the Practice Squad before Burton.
The first round of the playoffs doesn't begin until the weekend of April 26th.