The Buffalo Bandits announced on Thursday that they had completed two additional trades shortly before Wednesday’s trading deadline. One was unique.
The Bandits gave up a sixth-round draft choice in 2015 to the Toronto Rock. In return, Buffalo received the rights to goaltender Steve Dietrich. The deal is unusual because Dietrich, 43, has retired and now serves as the team’s general manager. Therefore, he completed a trade to acquire himself.
The transaction gives the Bandits the rights to an emergency goaltender in case one of their two regular goalies is injured after today’s roster freeze. Dietrich finished his career with Toronto in 2010.
The Bandits also picked up a conditional third-round pick in 2013 from the Philadelphia Wings for the negotiating rights to Mike Thompson. The goaltender had retired from the team before the current season.
In its other deadline deals, the Bandits sent defenseman Scott Self to Rochester for forward Alex-Kedoh Hill, and transition player Jim Purves to Rochester for a second-round pick in 2013.