The Buffalo Bandits swung into action at the National Lacrosse League’s trading deadline, completing two trades with the Rochester Knighthawks.
In a surprise, the Bandits dealt veteran defenseman Scott Self to Rochester for forward Alex-Kedoh Hill. Buffalo also sent transition player Jimmy Purves to Rochester for a second-round draft choice in 2013.
Self was acquired in a trade with Minnesota before the 2011 season. The 33-year-old veteran has four goals and two assists in 10 games this season.
“I had a feeling there would be a shake-up, based on what was said after practice Tuesday night,” Self said. “So it didn’t catch me completely by surprise.
“I think I struggled at times. I didn’t play as well as I expect myself to play.”
Self will be reunited with brother Brad in Rochester. The two played together in Ottawa in 2003 and Chicago in 2008. Scott Self said Bandits General Manager Steve Dietrich said in a phone message that the team wanted to get younger. Self’s contract expires at this end of this season.
Hill had been on the Knighthawks’ practice squad all season. The 22-year-old forward had 11 points in five games last season. Purves had three points in eight games this season. The 22-year-old was a fifth-round draft choice in 2010.
In addition, the Bandits are adding Derek Hopcroft to the active roster from the practice squad. He had 15 goals in 12 games for Colorado last season.
Jay Thorimbert and John Tavares practiced Tuesday night and could play Saturday night in Denver against Colorado.