Stealth acquire Roik & two first-rounders in blockbuster


All-Star goaltender Anthony Cosmo (left) joins the Chicago Shamrox after four years in San Jose. Matt Roik, who flourished in nine games with Chicago in 2008, heads to San Jose.
The Chicago Shamrox traded starting goaltender Matt Roik, and a pair of first-round draft picks to the San Jose Stealth in exchange for All-Star goaltender Anthony Cosmo.

Cosmo, an eight-year veteran, returns to the East Division after four seasons as the starter in San Jose. He served as the backup for Bob Watson in Toronto for four years before the Stealth acquired him in a blockbuster. In 2008, Cosmo recorded a career-best 79.5% save percentagen along with a 10.7 goals against average.

San Jose is Roik's third team in two years -- after being benched for much of the 2008 season in Philadelphia, he was sent to Chicago at the trade deadline, where he flourished as the starter. In nine games, Roik recorded a 78.8% save percentage with a 12.31 goals against average, rallying the last-place Shamrox into the playoff race. Roik becomes the likely starter in San Jose, joining young goaltenders Aaron Bold and Tyler Richards

The Stealth also acquire Chicago's first round draft picks in 2008 and 2009. As a result, San Jose owns both the second and third overall selections in next weekend's Entry Draft.