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The Buffalo Bandits opened this season with two former National Lacrosse League MVPs still learning to play together, two new co-head coaches and one secret weapon. “I think the guys just see me as an added edge over their competition,” Christopher Siuta said this week. “I think the Bandits are the only team in the NLL that has somebody like me on staff.” Siuta, who …

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Eight of the 11 teams will make the National Lacrosse League playoffs in changes to the postseason format the league announced Monday. The top four teams in the East and West divisions each will make the playoffs – the No. 1 seed will face No. 4 and No. 2 will face No. 3 with the higher seed as host. The winners meet in the Division Finals in a one-game playoff hosted b…

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By Mike J. Pesarchick It’s a new season for the reloaded Buffalo Bandits, and it’ll kick off with the return of an old rival. The Bandits will travel to Philadelphia to take on the reborn Wings on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Wells Fargo Center, resuming a decades-old rivalry. Here are five things Buffalo fans should know before the season opener: Led by legends …

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The Bandits continued their flurry of signings in advance of the start of training camp Saturday, agreeing to terms with first-round draft picks Matt Gilray and Ian MacKay. The team also re-signed forward Chase Fraser. All were one-year deals. Gilray, a transition player, was selected by the Bandits third overall in the National Lacrosse League Entry draft in September.…

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The Buffalo Bandits will play the first game of the National Lacrosse League's 33rd season when they visit the expansion Philadelphia Wings on Dec. 15 at 1 p.m. The Bandits will play their first home game on Dec. 21 against Toronto at KeyBank Center at 7:30 p.m. The league announced the revised home openers for each team Wednesday following the labor dispute between …

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The National Lacrosse League and the Buffalo Bandits will have a 2018-19 season, with the league and the Professional Lacrosse Players Association agreeing to the terms of a five-year deal late Friday. The players ratified the deal Saturday night. The league had already canceled the first two week of the regular season, which was scheduled to begin Dec. 1. In a state…

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The National Lacrosse League has canceled the first two weeks of the season because of an ongoing labor dispute. In a statement, the league said games scheduled for the weekends of Dec. 1 and Dec. 8 are off. It is the first time the league has lost games because of a labor issue. The Buffalo Bandits were scheduled to report to training camp Nov. 1, but no practices o…

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The Buffalo Bandits were scheduled to open training camp on Saturday, but the start has been postponed as the National Lacrosse League and its players have not negotiated a collective bargaining agreement. The regular season is scheduled to open Dec. 1, with the Bandits hosting the Toronto Rock. The league has never lost time to a labor issue, but concerns continue t…

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The Buffalo Bandits selected defenseman Matt Gilray and transition player Ian MacKay with their first-round picks in Tuesday's National Lacrosse League Draft. The Bandits chose Gilray at No. 3 and MacKay at No. 4. The selections fill a position of need, especially considering the Bandits used last year's first overall pick on Josh Byrne, a lefty forward. Gilray pl…

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Only a tiny inner circle knew what Connor Fields was going through during his senior season at Albany. His coaches, parents, athletic trainers. Maybe one teammate, but only because his father helped provide Fields with the brace he wore to add stability to his right knee. Fields, a star attackman for the Great Danes lacrosse team and former Bishop Timon-St. Jude star, p…

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The Buffalo Bandits are likely taking a page out of the National Hockey League's book when it comes to the National Lacrosse League expansion draft. The NLL's current nine franchises released their protected player lists Tuesday for the July 16 expansion draft. Buffalo's included one of the biggest surprises, as none of the team's three goaltenders, Alex Buque, Davide D…

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Could Pegula Sports and Entertainment own both sides of one of the fiercest rivalries in the National Lacrosse League? The Pegulas, who have owned the Buffalo Bandits since 2011, are in line to add a Rochester-based NLL team to their stable of sports franchises according to a report from Inside Lacrosse. The question is whether it will be the Knighthawks or a new organi…

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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…

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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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Three Bandits home games and one road game will be available to watch for free through Twitter as part of the National Lacrosse League's Game of the Week series. The Bandits will be highlighted in the first week of the season, as the opener against Toronto on Dec. 8 kicks off the Twitter slate. Also on the schedule is Jan. 6 vs. Calgary, Jan. 19 at Saskatchewan and Apr.…