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Bandits' notebook: Who's next?

The search for the next Buffalo Bandits' general manager continues behind the scenes. IL Indoor had a nice article on some possible candidates on Friday night, and there's no question any of them would be worth a look.

As for my viewpoint, I'm just not sure what the Bandits are looking for.

That comes in two parts. Would a new general manager have to live in Western New York, within commuting distance to downtown Buffalo? If so, that might limit the field of candidates severly. If the line was extended to say, Toronto, then the field would get larger. The Bandits have done most of their scouting/player acquisition in Southern Ontario/upstate New York area. It's tough to know where the line is for where a "local candidate" would live. 

Besides, this is lacrosse, and real-life jobs sometimes get in the way of a part-time lacrosse career. Would a new GM earn enough to give up a regular job to move here? Would a "fly-in" general manager work, or even be considered? I don't know.

Then there's the tricky matter of the balancing act needed for the job. Darris Kilgour obviously is a strong personality who has been doing both jobs for some time. The Bandits are looking for someone to fill the general manager's job who can take charge of the lacrosse operation. That would seem to imply that someone with a little distance from recent Bandits' history would be helpful. Traditionally in sports, general managers like to hire their own coaches, and this GM won't have that luxury on Day One. A new strong voice is helpful in such situations, but one is needed that would gain instant respect from all concerned.

But ... how unfamiliar should that voice be? The Bandits do have a strong tradition of winning over the years. That's worth something. If you throw out everyone with a connection to the Kilgours (I''ll include Rich in the situation too), well, you probably exclude half the league's possible candidates.

I'm throwing up my hands, then, at guessing. The Bandits probably have more resources that any other team in the league. In other words, this is a large market team by NLL standards. They should be able to get someone good, even if finding the right fit is going to be tricky.

No matter who it is, though, he'd better win. Bandits' fans are loyal, but we saw a little more than 10 years ago that a small run of losing seasons can make a large impact at the box office.

--- Budd Bailey

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