February 17, 2012

Swarm Trades Cosmo to Buffalo for Two First-Rounders

from staff reports

The Minnesota Swarm and Buffalo Bandits announced a trade Friday that sent All-Pro goaltender Anthony Cosmo from the Minnesota Swarm to Buffalo in exchange for two first-round picks, one in the 2013 NLL entry draft and another in the 2014 NLL entry draft. The trade is pending National Lacrosse League approval.

Cosmo, an 11-year veteran, played three seasons with the Boston Blazers after four-year stints in both San Jose and Toronto. He was selected by the Swarm in the first round (thrid overall) of the Blazers dispersal draft that was held this past September, but Minnesota saw enough out of rookie goaltenders Tyler Carlson and Evan Kirk to make the trade.

“Our two rookie goalies, Tyler Carlson and Evan Kirk have done a great job this season and that allowed us to make this trade,” Swarm Owner and President John Arlotta said. “They have earned the opportunity to carry the load throughout the remainder of the 2012 season.”

Arlotta added, “It’s also time for Anthony to get back on the floor. He’s a star player in this league, and I know that he is anxious to get going again. We wish him all the best.”

"I am extremely excited to play for such a well-respected organization in the Buffalo Bandits," Cosmo said. "I am humbled by the opportunity to play for a coach like Darris Kilgour and what are clearly the most passionate fans in the NLL."

The Swarm also announced Friday that the team has added rookie transition player David Earl to team’s the 23-man roster and has released goalie Nick Patterson.

Minnesota selected Earl in the third round (27th overall) of the 2011 Entry Draft. The Simsbury, Conn. native served as the captain for the University of Notre Dame in 2011 and was tied for first on the team with 25 points (10g, 25a) and ranked third with 30 ground balls. Earl earned All-America honors with the Fighting Irish in 2010 and 2011 and was selected as the 2011 Big East Midfielder of the Year.

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