The official contraction announcement was made today. Just a couple of hours after we learned that Toronto was a go, Major League Lacrosse confirmed that LA, SF, NJ, Philly, and (technically) Rochester are officially dead for 2009.
The good new is that they also released the pre-season rosters with the new team assignments for each player! My first impression is that Chicago came out as the biggest winner with the addition of Liam Banks, Matt Streibel, and other high profile players. Denver landed Kyle Harrison & Ryan Powell, which was expected. Toronto looks a little short because they plan on having Canadian and Iroquois players try out. More information can be found here.