Curtis Dickson returns to Roughnecks after contract dispute

‘Superman’ is back with the Calgary Roughnecks.

The Roughnecks announced Saturday they have re-signed 30-year-old forward Curtis Dickson to a multi-year contract.

“As a veteran and premier player, Curtis is a big part of our offensive game,” said Roughnecks general manager Mike Board. “We are very pleased to sign him to a multi-year deal, and we look forward to Curtis continuing his strong play, mentorship of the young forwards we have on our roster and contributing to our teams’ success.”

Dickson is entering his ninth season in the National Lacrosse League, all with the Roughnecks.

Dickson joined the franchise in the 2010 NLL Entry Draft after being selected by the Calgary club in the first round, third overall. The product of Port Coquitlam, B.C., sits third all-time in franchise scoring with 641 points (360 goals, 281 assists) in 138 career games.

The veteran NLLer was embroiled in a contract dispute with the Roughnecks, which caused him to miss the first four games of the season.

No word on whether he will join the Roughnecks lineup for Saturday night’s home date against the New England Black Wolves at the Saddledome (7 p.m.)

The agent for Dickson and young talent Wes Berg, who has also sat out the first four games in what would be his fourth NLL season due to a similar contract dispute, said last month he feared both would be forced to sit out the entire campaign and become restricted free agents come the summer, as per the new collective bargaining agreement.

“I suspect these players will be sitting out the entire season,” said agent Richard Furlong in December. “We’re going to find out how that impacts the club. It’s almost tragic because the amount of money that it would take to settle these contracts really isn’t that much, and the players and fans are going to have to live with that decision.

“Both players are sitting,” Furlong continued last month. “Initially, I went to the club and said, ‘If you’re going to sign one, you’re going to have to sign both.’ In other words, they come as a package. The club said they would not negotiate under those terms, so we lost essentially two weeks of no negotiations.“And then I called earlier this week and said, ‘OK, I’ll separate them.’ But we were unable to close the gap.”

They closed the gap on Dickson, which is believed to have signed a three-year deal with the Riggers.

Whether it follows with Berg the same way remains to be seen.

Dickson and Berg, 25, finished one-two in goals and points last season, with Dickson tallying 47 goals and 92 points and Berg netting 37 goals and 86 points. Dickson’s goal count tied for the second-highest among all NLL players last year.

As per the old CBA which expired this off-season, most NLL players made between $10,000 and $25,000 a season, and a franchise player — of which teams are allowed just one, and Dickson was tagged as that guy by the Riggers — made about $34,000.

Star players can have bonuses in place in their deals.

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