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Bandits Would Be Smart to Sign Cosmo

Among the plethora of unrestricted free agents in the NLL sits Anthony Cosmo. The goalie had a 12.41 goals against average with Buffalo in 2012 and played the least amount of minutes by far of any year since 2005. Part of that comes from him not playing the first five games of the season before being traded to the Bandits and the other comes from Mike Thompson taking up minutes earlier in the season. Whatever the reason, it doesn't matter, Cosmo still brings some important qualities to Buffalo and should not be let go easily.

1) Veteren Leadership - Last season, the Bandits had both Thompson and Cosmo to man the net, but now Thompson's retired. The team does have Ken Montour on its 2013 roster, but having a guy like Cosmo around doesn't hurt. The Bandits have a lot of young talent with players like Joe Critch, but a guy like Cosmo, who's played his share of indoor lax, can really help them adjust.

2) He's a Winner - I know this sounds stupid, but it's true. He's won Minto and Mann Cups and has been a big key in doing it. Cosmo was the MVP of the 2005 Mann Cup with Victoria and was goaltender of the year in the NLL in 2007. He knows what it takes.

3) He can still play - I know the 2012 numbers weren't typical of Cosmo, but if you look closer at them, he still showed plenty of signs that he's still in the game. He was the primary goalies for Buffalo in the final five games of last season and only gave up more than 10 goals once in that stretch. The game he gave up over ten was to Rochester, the future NLL champions. Oh, and his team still won. 

The upside to Cosmo far outweighs whatever negatives there might be. As long as he decides to return of the 2013 season, Buffalo should try to snatch him back up.