December 1, 2010
INJURY BUG CONTINUES TO
PLAGUE RED CLAWS
Team Adds Matt Janning After Jordan Eglseder Suffers a Knee Injury
PORTLAND, ME - The Maine Red Claws, presented by Quirk Chevrolet, today announced that they have waived Jordan Eglseder due to injury, less than a week after the 7-0, 280 lb. center joined the team. The team retains his rights, and he could rejoin the team when healthy. Eglseder joined the team just last weekend, replacing center Magnum Rolle, who was also sidelined indefinitely with a knee injury.
To replace Eglseder on the roster, Red Claws have added Matt Janning. Janning, a 6-4, 198 lb. guard out of Northeastern, will join the team tomorrow in Springfield. Undrafted in the 2010 NBA Draft, Janning was signed in August by the Phoenix Suns after averaging 12.6 points and 5.8 rebounds for them in the Vegas Summer League. He also played for current Red Claws Head Coach Austin Ainge as part of the Boston Celtics summer league squad in Orlando.
With Steve Nash and Goran Dragic already established, Janning, 22, proved to be the odd man out in Phoenix and was released by the Suns on November 16 despite favorable reviews from the Suns’ coaching staff and players. He joins fellow former Huskie Eugene Spates on the Red Claws.
“I have never seen anything like this,” said Red Claws President and General Manager Jon Jennings of the team’s spate of injuries. “Before our season had even begun, we lost Stephane Lasme to a lengthy injury, followed quickly by injuries to Mario West, Lamonte Ulmer, Magnum Rolle and now Jordan Eglseder. I am incredibly impressed by the perseverance our team has shown. They have really pulled together and played well.”
“We are very fortunate that a player of the caliber of Matt Janning was available,” Jennings said of the team’s newest member. “He is athletic and has a tremendous feel for the game. He will be a good addition to the team.”
The Red Claws are in Springfield Thursday to take on the Springfield Armor at 7 PM for their third straight matchup at the MassMutual Center. The East Conference rivals split two games last weekend in Springfield. The Red Claws will return home on Friday, December 3 to face the Fort Wayne Mad Ants at 7 PM and the Armor on Sunday, December 5 at 5 PM. Great seats remain for both games.
RED CLAWS TO APPEAR IN FALMOUTH SATURDAY: The Red Claws will appear at Skillin’s Greenhouses in Falmouth this Saturday, Dec. 4 from 1:30 – 3 PM. The players will be available for autographs and photos, and Skillin’s will donate $5 for every Christmas tree sold on Saturday to the Bruce Roberts Toy Fund.
TOYS FOR TOTS NIGHT SUNDAY: The Red Claws will collect toys before Sunday’s game at their 2nd annual Toys For Tots Nights. All fans donating a new, unwrapped to Toys For Tots will be entered to win Red Claws prizes.