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Bandits acquire goalie Cosmo from Minnesota

It was thought that Darris Kilgour wouldn't take the Bandits' record four-game losing streak lightly. This morning we found out his reaction, and it was a big one.

The Bandits acquired goalie Anthony Cosmo from the Minnesota Swarm in exchange for first-round draft choices in 2013 and 2014.

Cosmo is a future Hall of Famer in the National Lacrosse League. He is 34, and played with San Jose, Toronto and Boston. He led the league in goals-against average last season at 9.66. Cosmo was taken by Minnesota from Boston in the dispersal draft, but he hadn't reported to the Swarm.

I am extremely excited to play for such a well-respected organization in the Buffalo Bandits,” said Cosmo. “I am humbled by the opportunity to play for a coach like Darris Kilgour and what are clearly the most passionate fans in the NLL.”

The goaltender should move right into the starting lineup. Ironically, Mike Thompson -- who had been the regular top goalie on the Bandits -- is the starter in the upcoming All-Star Game, which will be played in Buffalo on Feb. 25. He'll drop to second-string status when the Bandits play their next game (Colorado on March 3). That probably will move Angus Goodleaf to the practice squad.

--- Budd Bailey


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Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey has served in a variety of roles in Buffalo sports in the past 35 years, including reporter, talk-show host, baseball announcer, public relations staffer and author. He covers the Bandits and running for The News when not working as an editor.