DULUTH, Ga. – The Atlanta Gladiators announced Wednesday that the team has traded the negotiating rights of forward Phil Lane to the Greenville Swamp Rabbits to complete the March 5th deal that brought Branden Troock to the team.
“It’s tough to give up the rights to try and re-sign a player like Phil Lane, but he will become a free agent at some point and the chance of losing him for nothing was something we didn’t want to risk,” said Team President Scott Henrichsen. “We knew Lane was going to be a veteran at the end of the season not allowing us to protect him and we now have a valuable asset in Troock moving forward that also played a huge roll in our return to the playoffs.”
Troock, 24, scored 10 points (1g, 9a) in 10 games for the Gladiators after the forward notched 37 points (16g-21a) in 35 games for Greenville during the 2017-18 campaign. The Edmonton, AB native has been protected by the team and is expected to receive a qualifying offer ensuring that if he plays in the ECHL for the 2018-19 season it will be in Atlanta.
Lane, 26, earned 57 points in 62 games for the Gladiators last season. The Rochester, NY native skated in his 260th professional game last year giving him veteran status. The forward will become a restricted free agent on August 1st and if not signed by August 31st, an unrestricted free agent. The Swamp Rabbits now have exclusive negotiating rights in the meantime.
The 16th season of Atlanta Gladiators hockey begins at the Infinite Energy Arena on Friday, October 19th against the Greenville Swamp Rabbits at 7:35 PM. For ticket information, visit the official team website at www.atlantagladiators.com or call the main office line at 770-497-5100.
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