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Bandits deal for young star

The Buffalo Bandits got much younger Tuesday.

That's the result of a three-team, six-player National Lacrosse League blockbuster that will put 25-year-old Sean Greenhalgh in a Bandits jersey this winter.

"I really wanted to get younger and quicker," said Bandits head coach and General Manager Darris Kilgour, who accomplished both. "He's quick and he's very accurate on the run. We're looking for good things from him."

The Bandits traded goaltender Steve Dietrich, 37, and defenseman Kyle Couling, 33, to the Calgary Roughnecks and forward Jason Crosbie, 32, to the Philadelphia Wings. Two defensemen also moved -- Taylor Wray, who went from Calgary to Philadelphia, and Ian Llord, from Philadelphia to Calgary. The Bandits also obtained Calgary's first-round selection in September's entry draft and a second-rounder in '08.

Greenhalgh, who has led the Wings in scoring his first two seasons in the league, was the key man for the Bandits. He has 57 goals, 84 assists and 141 points in 32 career games and was an All-Rookie team selection in 2006.

"It's sad to see good guys and good players go," said Bandits director of lacrosse operations Dave Zygaj. "But we're excited to have a young and talented offensive player from St. Catharines."

Greenhalgh (it's pronounced green-hall), a left-handed shooter who had 136 goals and 33 assists in four seasons at Cornell University, was the third overall pick of the 2005 draft. He won the league's sportsmanship award as a rookie, when he had 31 goals and 42 assists. Last season he tallied 26 goals and 42 assists.

"He's very slippery and very tough to defend," said Roughnecks General Manager Kurt Silcott. "Buffalo Bandits fans can certainly expect him to score a lot of goals in this league."

The cost was high, however. Dietrich was the 2006 NLL Most Valuable Player and holds all the Bandits' career goaltending records, including wins (47), saves (2,663), goals-against average (11.28) and save percentage (77.8). Couling is a two-time All-Star who played 113 games in his eight seasons here with 19 goals, 42 assists, 515 loose balls and 201 penalty minutes. Crosbie has been a Bandit for five seasons, during which he has 81 goals and 106 assists.

The trade gives the Bandits the 10th pick in the Sept. 1 draft and makes Mike Thompson, who went 5-4 with a 12.08 GAA last season, the No. 1 man in Buffalo's goal.


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