The Atlanta Gladiators announced Saturday that the team has acquired defenseman Akim Aliu from the Rapid City Rush in exchange for defenseman Corey Syvret and a future consideration.
Aliu, 27, rejoins the Gladiators after spending 16 games with the team during the 2010-11 season, when he amassed 12 goals and eight assists in that time. The eighth year pro adds veteran experience to the team with seven career NHL games and over 200 AHL contests. During his stint in the NHL, the 6-foot-4, 225-pound defenseman tallied three points for the Calgary Flames. Over the course of six seasons in the AHL, the former OHL standout earned 71 points for eight different teams. The former 2nd Round pick (56th overall) of the Chicago Blackhawks in 2007 has skated in 65 games in the ECHL registering 60 points.
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