The Buffalo Bandits have announced that they completed two more trades just before Wednesday's deadline. One of them, oddly enough, raises all sorts of comic possibilities.
The Bandits gave up a sixth-round draft choice in 2015 to Toronto for the rights to retired goaltender - and current Buffalo general manager - Steve Dietrich.
You read that correctly. Dietrich gave up a pick to acquire himself. Has that ever happened before in any sport? I guess it would be like Michael Jordan, now an owner of Charlotte of the NBA, picking up the rights to himself in a deal with Washington. (Note: I'm not sure if the Wizards still own his playing rights, so don't take me literally.)
I suppose it's possible that the Bandits wanted a third goaltender around in case of an emergency, and this was a solution. Still, you can probably write the news release himself, with Dietrich the GM saying how pleased he was to acquire a great player like this, and Dietrich the player saying he's thrilled to be with a top-notch organzation with such outstanding front-office leadership.
Meanwhile, the Bandits received a conditional third-round draft choice from Philadelphia in exchange for the rights to goalie Mike Thompson, who also has retired. This probably is another case of insurance from injury, suspension, etc.
The Bandits also confirmed the two other transactions completed on Wednesday involving Jim Purves and Scott Self. The roster must be set by tomorrow.
--- Budd Bailey