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BANDITS SWING A BIG DEAL

The Buffalo Bandits acquired the first pick in the National Lacrosse League entry draft and a solid two-way veteran performer, but it cost them a captain.

Buffalo and the new Minnesota franchise, which is still unnamed, agreed to a blockbuster trade Friday that is still subject to league approval.

The Bandits will get ninth-year forward Dan Teat, third-year defenseman Tyler Francey and Minnesota's first pick (No. 1 overall), plus a third-round selection (No. 21) in Tuesday's draft. They'll give up tri-captain Mike Accursi, forward Kerry Susheski and their own first-round picks in 2004 (No. 8) and 2005.

"I'm real confident Dan will fit right in and be a nice piece of the puzzle," Bandits General Manager Kurt Silcott said of what he calls one of the biggest deals in the 14-year history of the franchise. "It's tough losing Mike, he's a great player and I absolutely wish him nothing but the best."

Teat had 34 goals and 52 points with the San Jose Stealth last season. San Jose designated him as a "franchise player" but didn't protect him in last week's expansion draft and Minnesota grabbed him. Teat, 32, ranks 27th on the NLL career scoring list with 166 goals and 303 points. He is three spots behind Accursi (177 goals and 317 points). In six Bandits seasons, Accursi had 146 goals and 257 points in 73 games.

Francey, 25, had two goals, seven points and 60 loose balls playing for the Arizona Sting last season. He spent his rookie year with the Columbus Landsharks.

Attackman Delby Powless of Hagersville, Ont., who tallied 63 goals and 74 points in two seasons at Rutgers University, is expected to be the first player selected in Tuesday's entry draft.
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