It's an interesting week for fans of the Buffalo Bandits ... not to mention their players.
The Bandits have to reach the 23-man limit by Thursday afternoon. They have all sorts of new faces around, and they have a good chance of claiming jobs. That includes trade acquisitions, free agents and draft choices.
We've already seen some familiar faces depart in the past several weeks. Ian Llord, Roger Vyse and Tom Montour were let go, and Chris White signed as a free agent with Toronto. Mike Thompson and Darryl Gibson retired.
As we wait for official announcements of some of the rest of the departures, a couple of exiting players have opted to scoop the Bandits on announcements. Travis Irving, a former top draft choice, said on Twitter that he was no longer a Bandit.
Then backup goalie Angus Goodleaf tweeted Tuesday night that he might have to spend the winter playing hockey -- not a good sign about his future in Banditland. That should mean Kurt Wagar has won the backup goalie job behind Anthony Cosmo. Wagar saw 73 minutes of action with Philadelphia last season, with a GAA above 22. That's not a fair sample size, to be sure, but it will be interesting to see how coach Darris Kilgour handles the goalie duties.
--- Budd Bailey