There was a note on Twitter this afternoon from an agent saying that Bandits' goalie Mike Thompson was retiring. In this day and age, you have to check out every rumor.
I contacted Scott Loffler of the Bandits front office. He replied that Thompson is uncertain whether he'll be back with the team next season. Therefore, he has been placed on the retired list. However, there's nothing that can prevent Thompson from changing his mind and showing up for training camp if he desires.
Thompson missed the late stages of the 2012 season because of a knee injury. If he had told the Bandits at some point early in the year that 2012 might be his last season, then the team's acquisition for Anthony Cosmo for two first-round draft choices might make more sense now than it did at the time.
Buffalo's third-string goalie is Angus Goodleaf, who would move up on the depth chart if Thompson indeed decides to call it a career.
Later in the day, the Bandits announced they had designated Cosmo and Tracey Kelusky as franchise players. Without knowing all of the contract particulars involved, Cosmo's pick obviously makes a lot of sense. I'm not sure Kelusky has a great deal of value at this point, considering age and production, but my guess for now is that we shouldn't read too much into this.
--- Budd Bailey