BUFFALO — The Buffalo Bandits traded veteran forward Ryan Benesch Tuesday, acquiring
forward Callum Crawford and goaltender Alex Buque from the Colorado Mammoth.
The Bandits sent Benesch, 32, an 11-year NLL vet and four-year Bandit, and a conditional third-round 2018 draft pick to Colorado.
Benesch marked 351 points in four seasons in Buffalo, including 113 in 2015.
“Trading Ryan Benesch was not an easy decision,” Bandits General Manager Steve Dietrich said in a press release. “He has been a tremendous player for us. We thank him for his time in Buffalo and we wish him all the best in Colorado.”
An Ottawa native, Crawford (6-foot-3, 205 pounds), 32, was sixth in the NLL with 98 points and fifth with 62 assists in 2017 with a career-high 36 goals. His 62 assists ranked fifth among all NLL players.
“We were able to acquire a top-flight offensive player in Callum who has averaged more than 100 points over the last two seasons and is regarded as one of the best passers in the game,” Dietrich said.
Crawford has 789 career points (276+513) in 171 regular-season games in 13 NLL seasons. His 83 assists in 2016 tied the NLL single-season record.
Buque (5-foot-10, 230 pounds), 24, has a 7-9 record in three seasons with a .774 save percentage and an 11.16 goals-against average in 768:55 of play.
“In Buque, we’ve acquired a player who is having a tremendous summer season and will come to training camp looking to challenge for the starting goalie position,” Dietrich said.
Later Tuesday, the Bandits re-signed goaltender Davide DiRuscio and signed free agent transition player Ryan Wagner both on two-year deals.
DiRuscio (6-foot-3, 300 pounds), 25, finished his third season as a Bandit with a career high in minutes (498:23) and went 1-6 He has a .761 career save percentage and 12.94 goals-against average.
Wagner (6-foot-1, 190 pounds), 23, played the last two years for the Vancouver Stealth, marking five points and 44 loose ball recoveries in 11 games last season.