A new National Lacrosse League season for the Buffalo Bandits is the dawn of a new era as new coach Troy Cordingley takes the reigns. Check in with the new coach as he talks about his exit from Toronto, his expectations with the Bandits and some of the new faces that will try to help Bandit Land in its return to NLL glory.
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The National Lacrosse League has announced that the Edmonton Rush have matched the offer sheet from the Buffalo Bandits for restricted free agent Ryan Dilks and have signed the defenseman to the four-year deal. The Rush reserved the right to match the offer within 72 hours, with a deadline of 8:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, Nov. 28, in order to retain the defenseman on their roster and did so in less than 24 hours.
Dilks is entering his fourth NLL season and has spent the last two years with the Rush. The Hamilton, Ontario native has recorded 21 points (12+9), 140 loose balls and 26 penalty minutes in 44 career games played along with three points (1+2) and 11 loose balls in three playoff games.
Dilks is the second RFA to sign an offer sheet with another club during this year’s free agent signing period. Mac Allen signed with the Rochester Knighthawks last week after the Colorado Mammoth opted not to match the offer.
Buffalo Bandits General Manager Steve Dietrich announced today that the team has submitted an offer sheet to the National Lacrosse League for Edmonton Rush restricted free agent Ryan Dilks.
Edmonton now has 72 hours to match the offer to retain Dilks’ services with a deadline of 8:30 p.m. ET on Thurs., Nov. 28.
Dilks, a defenseman, will be entering his fourth NLL season, the last two of which have been spent as a member of the Rush. The 23-year old Hamilton, Ontario native has appeared in a total of 44 career games, tallying 21 points (12+9), 140 loose balls and 26 penalty minutes. He has also contributed three points (1+2) and 11 loose balls in three career playoff outings.
The Buffalo Bandits are eager to put the 2013 National Lacrosse League season behind them, and they took the first step toward doing that this weekend with the opening of training camp. “We’re here to win. That’s the bottom line,” new coach Troy Cordingley told Bandits.com. “It does not matter whether we (finished) at the bottom last season, we’re here to win. That’s our goal.” Cordingely, of course, is just one of a few new pieces brought in to help the Bandits turn around their non-playoff season. Forward Ryan Benesch is eager to boost offensive production on the left side, Joe Resetarits is happy to be part of a team he grew up rooting for and John Tavares, while not new to Buffalo, is ready to get back at it after taking the summer off to rest. “I’m hoping that I still have something still in me,” he told the team’s website.
Buffalo Bandits General Manager Steve Dietrich announced today that the team has signed John Tavares and eight additional players all to one-year contracts for the 2014 season.
“I’m excited to be back for another season in ‘Bandit Land’,” Tavares said. “After a disappointing season collectively and individually I am looking forward to helping the team get back to the top of the league.”
In addition to Tavares, the Bandits have also agreed to terms with Mike Hominuck, Jamie Rooney, Derek Hopcroft,Kurtis Wagar, Joel Matthews and Jordan Critch as well as 2013 draft picks Mitch Wilde and Nick Diachenko. All one-year deals are pending league approval. READ MORE »
For a guy who makes his mark in lacrosse by making offensive players uncomfortable, Colin Boucher puts a lot of emphasis on being comfortable to be able to play his best. Boucher was recently signed to a two-year contract by the Buffalo Bandits. The signing may have come from out of left field for a lot of lacrosse fans who aren’t familiar with the 6′5”, 235-pound defender, but expect him to be an impact player right out of the gate for the Buffalo club, largely because of that c-word.
“It was comfortable,” Boucher says when asked why he chose to sign with the Bandits when pretty much every team in the National Lacrosse League was keen to add him to their lineup. “I already knew [Bandits defensive coordinator] Richie [Kilgour] from coaching in the summer. I already knew some of the guys from playing with them in St. Catharines and Six Nations. It was a comfortable choice and an easy transition that way, because I know some of the guys and I already know the defensive style so hopefully that can translate over into the winter.” READ MORE »
Buffalo Bandits General Manager Steve Dietrich has announced that the team has signed six players coinciding with the start of the NLL Free Agency period. The Bandits have agreed to terms with free agent Steven Fryer on a one-year deal, in addition to re-signing Chad Culp, Shawn Williams and Anthony Cosmo to one-year deals as well as David Brock and Aaron Wilson to two and three-year deals, respectively. Also, the club opted to use one of its Franchise Tag designation on John Tavares and has qualified Ryan Benesch, Billy Dee Smith, Jay Thorimbert and Rory Smith. All deals are pending league approval. READ MORE »
The NLL free agent signing period is now underway as Tuesday, Oct. 29 was the last day for teams to make qualifying offers to veteran players on their rosters. Veteran players who did not receive qualifying offers for the 2014 season became Restricted Free Agents while others became Unrestricted Free Agents.
If a team signs a Restricted Free Agent to a contract, the player’s current team can retain that player by matching the offer within a specified time frame. There is no right to match an offer and retain the rights of an Unrestricted Free Agent. Active players entering free agency are listed team-by-team below. READ MORE »
The National Lacrosse League’s top goals from 2013 will be shared with a wide audience in Canada starting this Friday night. TSN will premiere a Top 20 NLL Goals show on its affiliate station TSN2 Friday at 7:30 pm. The show, which has been rescheduled from its original premiere date, will also appear on the main TSN network next Thursday, October 24, at midnight and 2:30 pm. The show will be hosted by TSN on-air personality Darren Dutchysen and includes interviews with NLL players, including reigning MVP and scoring champion Shawn Evans. There is at least one goal from each team in the league that made the list.
Buffalo sports fans certainly have plenty of sports memories. Some good, some bad, and some right in between. Buffalo News sports reporter Budd Bailey has compiled some of the region’s most memorable in his new book, Today in Buffalo Sports History — 366 Days of Milestones. Whether it’s the Bills, Sabres or your beloved Bandits, Bailey’s got it covered in this, his third book. The format of the book goes day-by-day, picking the most significant sporting event for each day with background on what made that day stand out. The book is based on a popular feature that Bailey wrote for the Buffalo News. “The feedback from that series was very surprising,” Bailey said. “People often wrote to tell me how much they loved re-living memorable games, perhaps because they were there.” The book is available at local outlets in the Buffalo area. But if it’s Bandits-only history you want, check out the blog Bailey maintains on the team.