By Budd Bailey, Buffalo Sports Page Columnist

No. 72: February 17, 2012The Bandits trade first-round draft choices in 2013 (Logan Schuss) and 2014 (Shane MacDonald) to Minnesota for Anthony Cosmo.

Anthony Cosmo had seen a great deal of the continent as an indoor lacrosse goalie. He had played for Toronto, San Jose, and Boston from 2001 to 2011. But then the Boston team disbanded, and Cosmo was taken by Minnesota in the dispersal draft. He wanted to play goal, but wanted to do it closer to his Ontario home.

Meanwhile, coach and general manager Darris Kilgour had his own problem. Goalie Ken Montour’s career was ending because of concussion issues, so he needed a goalie – badly. Therefore, a trade between Minnesota and Buffalo was almost obvious. The Swarm first asked for three first-round draft choices, but settled for a pair.

Cosmo played for six seasons in Buffalo, and helped the team reach the finals in 2016. He retired owning many of the NLL career records in goaltending, and probably will enter the league’s Hall of Fame soon. Schuss, now with Vancouver, has been a solid scorer throughout his career. MacDonald had a short NLL career.

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Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey has been involved in almost every aspect of the local sports scene for the last 40 years. He worked for WEBR Radio, the Buffalo Sabres' public relations department and The Buffalo News during that time. In that time he covered virtually every aspect of the area's sports world, from high schools to the Bills and Sabres and everything in between. Along the way, Budd served as a play-by-play announcer for the Bisons, an analyst for the Stallions, and a talk-show host. He won the National Lacrosse League's Tom Borrelli Award as the media personality of the year in 2011, and was a finalist for that same award in 2017. Budd's seventh and eighth books, one on the Transcontinental Railroad and the other about Ichiro Suzuki, are scheduled to be released in the fall.

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