Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Machine and Rangers swap big names

The Motor City Machine and Marquette Rangers completed a trade today that will see Machine forward Andy Inderieden and defenseman Reed Rushing head to the Upper Peninsula and forward Josh Bussell and a third-round draft pick coming back Downriver.

Bussell, a LaSalle native, has played in 72 games with 32 goals and 35 assists for Marquette over his year-and-a-half in the league. This season, he has eight goals and 13 points in 15 games.

“Josh has put up numbers every since he came into the league and we’re thrilled to have him on our team," Machine coach-GM Matt Romainski said. "He will be a great addition to our lines of Jared Williams and Billy Ballent, just to name a few."

Inderieden leaves with 13 games played with seven points, while Rushing skated in all 16 games and also tallied seven points.

“They have both been in the league a long time and have logged respected numbers throughout and I wish them the best of luck,” Romaniski added.

“We’ve said from the beginning that we needed to shore things up in our own end,” said Rangers head coach Kenny Miller. “Reed Rushing was an all-star defenseman last year and has proven he can play at a high level, so he’ll be a good compliment to our young guys and be a leader on the blueline. As young as we are, adding players who understand what it takes to compete and be successful at this level is important if we’re going to start a run heading into the middle part of our season.

"These guys are leaders who we’re confident will make a big difference for our club.”

Photo by RJ Meyer/NAHL

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