WICHITA, KS – In a flurry of activity this week, teams have completed all future considerations deals made during the season.

If you missed what qualifies as a future considerations trade, we have that information for you.

Utah Grizzlies head coach Tim Branham looks at future considerations trades this way:

“We will always trade future playing rights midseason to add pieces that will help us improve immediately and win.”

It is safe to say most coaches in the ECHL look at future considerations trades in the same light, which is why so many are consummated in the course of the season.

This past season, Utah used several future considerations trades to help propel themselves into the playoffs, which was no small feat because, at one time, the Grizzlies were in the basement of the Western Conference.

Earlier this week, multiple trades were squared up across the league, and by now, you know four of them. Here are the others that were completed across the league prior to the 3 pm ET Tuesday deadline. This list will be updated as more trades come in from teams over the next several days.

  • Indy acquired the rights to Shane Bakker from Atlanta to complete the October 2016 trade for defenseman Ben Marshall.
  • Reading acquired the rights to forward Sebastian Sylvestre from Elmira, which completes the November 12 deal that sent defenseman Greg Amlong to southern New York.
  • Toledo acquired the rights to forward Colin Martin from Utah to complete the November 14 trade for forward Erik Bradford.
  • Orlando acquired the rights to defenseman Adam Phillips from Indy, completing the trade that sent Brock Montgomery to Orlando on December 30.
  • Norfolk acquired the rights to forward Cason Hohmann from the Indy Fuel to complete the Adam Phillips trade to Indy in January.
  • Indy acquired the rights to defenseman Harrison Ruopp from the Allen Americans to complete the trade involving Jake Marchment and Tyler Barnes.
  • Norfolk acquired the rights to forward Erik Bradford and defenseman Tim Daly from Utah, which completes the March 7 deal for defenseman Gabriel Verpaelst.
  • The Rapid City Rush acquired the rights to defenseman Kevin Gibson from the Quad City Mallards, which completes the March trade that saw Josh MacDonald and Mike Monfredo get swapped.
  • South Carolina received the rights to forward Johnny McInnis from Reading which completes the deadline deal for defenseman Chase Golightly.
  • Kansas City sent the rights to forward Eric Scheid (now headed to Europe) to Kalamazoo, completing the deadline day deal for Justin Breton.
  • Norfolk acquired the rights to forward Angelo Miceli from Greenville, which completes the deadline day deal for Brodie Dupont.

It’s hard to pick winners and losers from these deals, so we are not even gonna try. But it is clear from the deals, that Wichita, Indy, and Norfolk appear to be off to solid starts in the team building process for next season, should the players acquired sign in their respective markets.

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