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Shawn Evans knows he isn't joining the Bandits as the most popular man in Buffalo. His reputation as one of the most irritating agitators in the National Lacrosse League goes back years, and Buffalo fans have seen it up close. He's spent most of his career with two Bandits rivals, the Rochester Knighthawks and New England Black Wolves, consistently getting under players…

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The Buffalo Bandits made one of the biggest splashes in franchise history Wednesday, acquiring forward Shawn Evans and a 2019 fourth-round pick from the New England Black Wolves in exchange for forward Callum Crawford and a 2019 second-round pick. Evans has won the National Lacrosse League Most Valuable Player award twice, in 2013 with the Calgary Roughnecks and 2015 wi…

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Faceoff: 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Online: NLL TV. Radio: 1520 AM. Records: Buffalo 2-2, Vancouver 0-4. Last time out: The Bandits bounced back after a pair of blowout losses the previous two weeks, defeating the Calgary Roughnecks 13-8 last Saturday. Jordan Durston scored two goals and three assists and goalie Alex Buque made 44 saves to push the Bandits back to .50…

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Buffalo Bandits goalie Alex Buque and the entire defensive unit entered Saturday's game against the Calgary Roughnecks with plenty of uncertainty after a pair of disastrous performances the past two weeks. Buffalo was blown out twice on the road, falling 21-11 to the Rochester Knighthawks on Dec. 23 and 20-13 to the Toronto Rock on Dec. 30. Buque was pulled in the fi…

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Faceoff: 7 p.m. Saturday. Online: NLL TV. Radio: 1520 AM Records: Buffalo 1-1, Toronto 0-2. Last time out: The Bandits were blown out by the Rochester Knighthawks last Saturday, falling 21-11 at Blue Cross Arena. The Knighthawks never trailed, as they got out to a 5-0 lead in the first quarter. Toronto last played on Dec. 16, when the Rock were handled by the S…

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Buffalo Bandits General Manager Steve Dietrich preached fighting complacency during last year's training camp. The Bandits were coming off a trip to the Champions Cup and brought back nearly the entire roster for another crack at the Saskatchewan Rush. "Maybe I was the most complacent of the group," Dietrich said. A roster previously good enough to win the division t…

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Defending champion: Georgia Swarm. They defeated the 2016 champions, the Saskatchewan Rush, in two games in the Champions Cup. The Swarm's offense is still stacked, especially with Jesse King returning from a year-long injury. Reigning NLL MVP Lyle Thompson, who scored a league-leading 116 points last season, is still the focal point. There are a handful of changes from la…

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After an off-season of revamping, the Buffalo Bandits opened their training camp this weekend looking to move past a last place finish in the National Lacrosse League last season. The regular season is less than a month away, but there are decisions to be made before the Bandits start their 27th season of play. Here are five things you need to know as the Bandits kick o…