Thompson's Blast career over


Freddie Thompson's four-year career with the Baltimore Blast is over.

Thompson said he was informed by coach Kenny Cooper yesterday that he was going to be released or traded in the next couple of days to make room for one of the team's draft choices (Chris Simon, Chris Haywood and Dominic Feltham).

"It's up to me now what I want to do," Thompson, 27, said. "If I want to go to another team, they [Cooper and assistant coach Jim Pollihan] said they would make some telephone calls for me."

Although he didn't express anger with team officials, Thompson said: "After four years with the team, I feel I deserved a longer look. They know what I can do. At least I should have been given a chance to play in a preseason game. I wasn't treated with the proper respect."

Thompson said he was disturbed that the team was going to allow him to sign an apartment lease yesterday afternoon when the "decision had already been made."

Thompson, the team's fifth-leading scorer last season (18 goals, 19 assists), said he is considering retiring to concentrate on his work toward a master's degree at Loyola College.

He had 58 goals and 33 assists in four seasons with Baltimore.

Cooper said yesterday that the lower team salary cap (down to $630,000 from $875,000 last season) forced him to make the move.

"The system has taken away what we're trying to do [youth movement]," the coach said. "If we keep a player on the developmental roster [players who practice with the team but aren't on the regular 18-man roster], his salary counts on the cap. That's why we are pushed into putting a draft choice or two on the main roster."

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