Rock re-sign Beirnes, Merrill to multi-year deals
11/1/2013 10:17:39 AM(NLL) - The Toronto Rock re-signed 10 players on Thursday, including forward Kasey Beirnes to a three-year contract and veteran defender Patrick Merrill to a two-year deal.
Beirnes will enter his seventh season with the Rock when the NLL season begins for Toronto on January 3 against Calgary at Air Canada Centre. The 33-year old veteran of 12 NLL seasons also spent time with Columbus, Arizona and Minnesota before arriving in Toronto in 2008.
"Kasey is as consistent as they come," said Rock general manager Terry Sanderson. "He is a leader in the room and on the floor. He often flies under the radar, but at the same time that might be part of what makes him so dangerous."
His 31 goals and 54 points in 2013 represented his best season totals while wearing a Rock uniform. Those season numbers are the third best of his career in the respective categories and the most since scoring 33 goals and 62 points in 2004 with the Arizona Sting, which were both career highs.
Merrill signed a two-year agreement while forwards Scott Evans and Rob Hellyer along with defencemen Damon Edwards, Chris White, Scott Johnston, Rob Marshall, Mike Hobbins and Cam Woods signed one-year deals.