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Changes figured to be made by the Buffalo Bandits after one of the most disappointing seasons in team history. They finished 6-10 in 2013, and became the only squad in the nine-team National Lacrosse League to miss the playoffs. Eight months later, the Bandits are ready to try to do better. It’s important to note how much has remained the same from last season. Sixteen p…

The National Lacrosse League has managed to survive for more than the past quarter-century, no small achievement. It hopes to be well placed for growth in the coming years.The biggest step toward that goal during the just concluded offseason was the signing of a new collective bargaining agreement through 2020.“It’s never easy, but we had some really good discussions,…

Buffalo Bandits defenseman Billy Dee Smith took matters into his own hands when he was a holdout as the team’s training camp started this month. Smith took part directly in the negotiations with his agent and the Bandits that led to him signing a contract.“I’m an emotional guy. Each time I find myself getting involved. I did this time,” he said. “It seemed to go …

About 35 players came to the First Niagara Center for the opening of the Buffalo Bandits’ training camp on Saturday. As usual, John Tavares was the center of attention.Tavares turned up to start season 23 as a Bandit. To put that in perspective, the 45-year-old Bandit has spent about half of his life wearing Buffalo’s orange and black.The forward was held to 39 points …

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Scoring leader John Tavares is one of nine players signed to one-year contracts, the Buffalo Bandits announced on Friday.Also agreeing to terms are: Mike Hominuck, Jamie Rooney, Derek Hopcroft, Kurtis Wagar, Joel Matthews and Jordan Critch, as well as 2013 draft picks Mitch Wilde and Nick Diachenko.Tavares enters 2014 as the all-time leading scorer in NLL history with 1,66…

The Buffalo Bandits announced individual game and season-ticket prices for the upcoming National Lacrosse League season.Buffalo plays nine home games and has two each at First Niagara Center against long-standing rivals Philadelphia (Dec. 28 and Feb. 15), Toronto (Jan. 10 and Feb. 1) and Rochester (Jan. 25 and April 26). The Bandits, who open their home schedule Dec. 28 ag…

The Buffalo Bandits have announced the signing of five players, including two veterans, in preparation for the upcoming season. Transition players Kevin Brownell and Hayden Smith debuted in Buffalo in the 2013 season. Brownell had eight points in seven games, while Smith scored one assist in four games. Kevin Pym and Eric Penney were both Bandits’ draft choices earlier t…

The National Lacrosse League has completed a deal with the Professional Lacrosse Players’ Association on a collective bargaining agreement. The seven-year contract goes into effect immediately, and either side can opt out of the deal after five years. Compromises by both sides were made in order to put the league in a better financial situation.Some of the highlights of…

Former Buffalo Bandits coach Darris Kilgour last Sunday morning was charged with DWI after being stopped in Lewiston.Kilgour, who coached the Bandits from 2003-13 and was dismissed by the team in June, was stopped at 3 a.m. for traveling 62 mph in a 45 mph zone. He then failed five field sobriety tests, authorities said, and refused to take a breath test once he was in cus…

The Buffalo Bandits had a big surprise up their sleeves when the National Lacrosse League draft was held on Monday night in suburban Toronto.The Bandits acquired Hamburg’s Joe Resetarits and a second-round draft choice this year (15th overall) from the Calgary Roughnecks. Buffalo gave up a second-round pick this year (10th overall) and a second-round choice in 2015.Reset…

The Buffalo Bandits on Saturday traded forward Luke Wiles to the Philadelphia Wings. In return, the Bandits will receive two second-round picks in the 2014 National Lacrosse League draft.Wiles’ two years as a Bandit had some major ups and downs. He was acquired from Washington before the 2012 season, and he had a breakout season with 39 goals and 31 assists.However, Wile…

The Buffalo Bandits will open their season Dec. 28 when they host the Philadelphia Wings in First Niagara Center.The National Lacrosse League released the schedule for the 2013-2014 regular season on Tuesday — the first season in which NLL teams will play an 18-game schedule.The Bandits will play the Rochester Knighthawks, the defending NLL champion, four times, includin…

Pat O’Toole, a former member of the Buffalo Bandits and a 16-year veteran in the National Lacrosse League, has been voted into the NLL’s Hall of Fame. O’Toole spent three seasons with the Bandits, joining the team for the 1996 season after spending his rookie year in New York. The goaltender helped Buffalo win a championship in 1996. O’Toole then moved to Rochester…

The Buffalo Bandits added toughness to their defense on Tuesday when they acquired defender Rory Smith from the Colorado Mammoth.Smith and a fourth-round draft choice in 2015 came to Buffalo in exchange for Carter Bender, a second-round pick in 2013 (18th overall) and a second-round pick in 2014.“Rory is a solid defensive defenseman who also brings a dominant physical pr…

The Buffalo Bandits started their rebuilding program after a disappointing 2013 season by completing a major trade with the Minnesota Swarm.The Bandits on Monday announced they had acquired star forward Ryan Benesch and transition player Andrew Watt from the Swarm. In return, Minnesota will receive Buffalo’s first-round draft choices in 2015 and 2016 and a third-round pi…