The Buffalo Bandits have signed goaltender Steve Dietrich to a one-year contract. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Dietrich was acquired from the Rochester Knighthawks in May of 2001 in a seven-player deal. Last season the netminder played in 15 games posting a 7-7 record with a 12.35 goals against average. A native of Kitchener, Ontario, Dietrich has compiled 27 wins and 28 losses in 79 career games.
Dietrich is one of four goalies still playing that has won a championship in the NLL. Bob Watson of Toronto, Pat O'Toole of Rochester and Dallas Eliuk of Philadelphia are the other three.
Silcott has also designated Bandits all-time leading scorer John Tavares the team's franchise player. Tavares is a 12-year veteran who could have become a unrestricted free-agent. By being named the franchise player, Tavares will be paid a salary 10 percent greater then the maximum compensation set forth by the NLL.
'Making Tavares the franchise player was basically a technicality,' said Silcott. 'However, it is nice to have Chugger signed without using our other franchise tag as that will give us the ability to go after some veterans that may become available in the coming weeks.'
The Bandits have also made a qualifying offer to Forwards Pat Maddalena and Jonas Derks. Maddalena was Buffalo's second pick in the 1999 NLL Entry Draft. In his last three seasons, he has scored 58 goals and 38 assists in 40 games.
Derks was acquired from the New York Saints in six-player deal on February 13, 2002. Last season Derks had 42 points (28 14) in 15 games. Both Maddalena and Derks are no longer eligible for free agency since the qualifying offer was made to them.
Buffalo Bandits General Manager Kurt Silcott also announced that they have signed veteran Andy Ogilvie to a one-year contract. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Ogilvie was Buffalo's sixth round choice in the 1998 NLL Entry Draft. The defenseman has played in 35 games with the Bandits scoring six goals and 42 assists. Oglivie played in only seven games last season after suffering a partially torn medial collateral ligament in his right knee in a game January 26th against the Vancouver Ravens.
'Andy plays a hard-core rugged type of game which should fit in quite nicely with Darris' vision of this team,' said Silcott. 'Andy can play offense or defense and we expect him to be there at both ends of the floor, making sure that no one takes any liberties with any of our star players.'
A native of Surrey, British Columbia, Ogilvie plays for the Coquitlam Adanacs during the summer in the WLA. Ogilvie won the MANN Cup with the Adanacs last season.