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Bandits' Purves off to Rochester

The Buffalo Bandits have traded transition player Jimmy Purves to the Rochester Knighthawks for a second-round draft choice.

Purves played in eight games for the Bandits this season. He had two goals, one assist and 26 penalty minutes.

"It's tough to make a trade. Everyone is so even," Bandits assistant coach Rich Kilgour said Wednesday afternoon. "But we need draft picks. Jimmy is young (22), but you have to give up something. I like Jimmy on the back door; he had that mean attitude. It's hard to see him go, but it's the business we're in."

Purves was a fifth-round draft choice of the Bandits in 2010. He played one game for Buffalo in 2011 and 12 in 2012.

Kilgour also said that Jay Thorimbert and John Tavares took part in Tuesday night's practice, and they probably will be able to play against the Colorado Mammoth in Denver on Saturday.

--- 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.