NLL 2015 Breakout Players: Mitch Wilde

September 16, 2014

MITCH WILDE After their dismal last place showing during the 2013 NLL season, the Buffalo Bandits organization came to the conclusion that a fresh new direction was needed for the franchise. Incoming head coach Troy Cordingley and Bandits GM Steve Dietrich believed that the best place to start this new resurgence would be the upcoming 2013 NLL draft. During the draft, the Calgary Roughnecks and Buffalo Bandits came together on…


Bandits Talk: Planning to Bring Back Tavares

September 12, 2014

This off season we plan on going one on one with every general manager in the National Lacrosse League to discuss the latest news. We spoke with Steve Dietrich about the Buffalo Bandits this week. Below are notes on four main areas of pre season talk with NLL teams. Free Agency:  The plan is for John [Tavares] to play again in 2015 and we couldn’t be happier to have our captain…


Bandits Re-Sign Culp and Thorminbert

September 3, 2014

Buffalo Bandits General Manager Steve Dietrich today announced that the team has agreed to terms with forward Chad Culp and transition player Jay Thorimbert on two-year contracts. The team has also signed defenseman Adam Will to a one-year deal. “We are pleased to have Chad and Jay back in Buffalo for two more years,” Dietrich said. “I don’t think it was a coincidence that our offense improved when Chad played…


Bandits Intensify Goaltending Battle

August 22, 2014

Less than one month ago, Buffalo Bandits General Manager Steve Dietrich announced that the team had re-signed starting goaltender Anthony Cosmo to a new one year deal. With the Bandits locking in their 2014 finalist for NLL Goaltender of the Year for another season, the team’s focus shifts now to who will be backing up Cosmo for the 2015 season. With only one open position and three solid potential backups…


Bandits Keep Cosmo Around One More Season

August 1, 2014

Buffalo Bandits General Manager Steve Dietrich announced today that the team has re-signed starting goaltender Anthony Cosmo to a new one year deal. By signing with the team before the opening of NLL free agency on August 1st, Buffalo avoided having their 2014 finalist for NLL Goaltender of the Year available as an unrestricted free agent. Dietrich addressed the media this morning about their recent signing of Cosmo with “We…


Bandits Sign Cosmo for One Year

July 31, 2014

General Manager Steve Dietrich today announced that the team has re-signed goaltender Anthony Cosmo to a one-year contract. “We are very pleased to have Anthony return for another season,” said Dietrich.  “Last season, ‘Coz’ proved that he remains one of the top goaltenders in the game and re-signing in Buffalo shows that he wants nothing more than to bring a Champion’s Cup back home to ‘Banditland’.” Cosmo will be entering his fourth season with…


Tavares Not Franchised; What Is his NLL Future?

July 31, 2014

John Tavares ranked fourth on the Bandits at the end of the 2014 NLL season with 51 points from 24 goals and 27 assists. However, every NLL fan knows he is much more than a stats player. John Tavares brings a certain flow to any team he plays for. He is a powerhouse on the floor, always chasing after loose balls, taking any shots possible, and finding open teammates to score. It…


Bandits Begin Off Season With Five Moves

July 30, 2014

Buffalo Bandits General Manager Steve Dietrich announced Tuesday that the team has given their 2015 NLL season franchise tag to forward Mark Steenhuis. The Bandits also avoided restricted free agency by extending qualifying offers to transition players Jay Thorimbert and Andrew Watt along with defensemen Rory Smith and Steve Priolo before the July 31 deadline.  During the Bandits 2014 NLL season, Mark Steenhuis appeared in all 18 regular season games, led…


Bandits Name Steenhuis Franchise Player, Extend Qualifying Offers to Four

July 29, 2014

BUFFALO, NY (July 29, 2014) — Buffalo Bandits General Manager Steve Dietrich today announced that the team has tagged forward Mark Steenhuis as its franchise player for the 2015 NLL season and extended qualifying offers to the following four players: Rory Smith, Jay Thorimbert, Andrew Watt and Steve Priolo. Steenhuis appeared in all 18 regular season games for Buffalo in 2014, recording a team-high 31 goals and totaling 63 points overall.  The St. Catharines, ON native went on to…


Former Bandits Coach Darris Kilgour Arrested Again

June 20, 2014

According to the Buffalo News, Darris Kilgour, the former head coach of the NLL’s Buffalo Bandits, was arrested this month on charges of harassment and menacing. He was charged on June 7 for second-degree harassment, menacing and endangering a child. Kilgour had, according to the report, gone to his estranged wife’s home to drop off their son. The report said that he had been drunk at 9 am, when he…