NLL Draft Set for Oct. 1; Recent Transactions, Signings

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Everett, Wash. The Washington Stealth announced today that the team has agreed to a contract with Eric Martin that will have the defenseman back in Red & Black for the 2013 season, pending approval by the National Lacrosse League. Martin has spent all of his eight NLL seasons with the Stealth and has established himself as one of the team's all-time greats.

Martin, 30, was originally drafted 12th overall by the Stealth in the 2004 NLL Entry Draft. Since then, the 6'2", 220-pound lefty has averaged over 13 points and 106 loose balls per season. Despite missing four games in 2012, Martin tallied 10 points (4g, 6a), the seventh-straight season in which he's recorded 10+ points, and collected 66 loose balls.

"Eric has been a member of this organization since he broke into the league and we are all very happy to have him back for the coming season," said Stealth General Manager Doug Locker. "He brings incredible athleticism and passion to our lineup and having him healthy heading into the year is a big boost for us out the back door."

A native of Norfolk, Va., Martin has entrenched himself in the Stealth record books over the last eight seasons. He is the team's all-time loose balls leader with 848 in regular season play and 83 in 11 postseason games. He's also the team's all-time penalty minutes leader with 395 and also has the most points as a defenseman in team history with 108 (28g, 80a). His 114 career regular season games played ranks fourth all-time for the Stealth.

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BUFFALO, NY (August 10, 2012) -- Buffalo Bandits Director of Lacrosse Operations Scott Loffler today announced the team has signed All-Pro forward John Tavares to a one-year contract.

"I am extremely excited to be back for another year and looking forward to turning things around," said Tavares. "We had an off year last season, but that will change in 2013. Banditland and the city of Buffalo deserve another championship and we are going to do everything we can to bring that to them."

Tavares earned a league-record 18th All-Pro nod last season by finishing second in the NLL with 41 goals, including a league-leading 21 power play goals, while ranking seventh with 80 points (41+39) in 2012. The Mississauga, ON native led the Bandits in goals, assists and points this year and has now led the team in scoring in 17 of his 21 seasons. Tavares was named captain and starter for the East in the 2012 NLL All-Star Game, which was held on Feb. 25 at First Niagara Center in Buffalo.

Tavares, the NLL's all-time leading scorer, has recorded 1,627 points (765+862) in 268 career games played. The 43-year-old has scored 19.8% of the 3,861 goals in Bandits history and has registered a point on 42.1% of those goals. Tavares is currently on a 163-game regular season point streak, dating back to Jan. 26, 2002. He has been held without a point in a game just once in his career.

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The Philadelphia Wings have acquired Buffalo Bandits forward Kevin Buchanan and the team's 2013 third round draft pick in a trade that will send forward Mike Hominuck and transition player David Brock to Buffalo.

Buchanan tallied 10 goals and 19 assists in 15 games last season with the Bandits. A four year veteran, the left-handed forward will join forwards Ned Crotty, Brendan Mundorf and off-season acquisition Kevin Ross as the top lefty forwards for the upcoming 2013 season. The Wings are hopeful that Buchanan can replicate his 2011 totals when he tallied a career-high 24 goals and 33 assists while flanking current Wings star Dan Dawson while they were teammates in Boston.

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