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Bandits

When NLL teams hit the floor Friday, it will feel quite familiar. The same nine teams the league has fielded the last three years will return to action, rock songs of old will blare through the speakers and the hard hits and electrifying goals fans have come to expect will be on full display. Despite the customary actions, the diehards know changes are coming. After a y…

Bandits

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…

Bandits

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…