The ECHL's Alaska Aces on Monday morning announced they have traded center Bobby Hughes, their leading playoff scorer last spring, to the Fort Wayne Komets for future considerations after Hughes asked for a move closer to his home in Toronto.
Hughes, 25, started off very slowly last season, suffering some injuries while trying to ramp up his fitness. He developed into the Aces' second-line center and went 9-13--22 in his last 27 regular-season games to give him 15-24--39 totals and a +8 rating in 59 games.
The playoffs were his domain -- he led the Aces in all scoring categories in the postseason with 9-8--17 and +3 totals in 11 games.
By the second half of the season, he was a power-play staple and also killed penalties.
The way future considerations generally work, the Aces are likely to receive a player from Fort Wayne in exchange for Hughes.
Look for more on today's move in Tuesday's dead-trees edition of the ADN.
Oh, and in the grand tradition of offseason moves tracked by the Aces' faithful in the Cowbell Crew, now would be about the time to start speculating, worrying, second-guessing, armchair-coaching and generally wondering if the club will be any good in the upcoming season.
Just a reminder -- the Aces have 10 seasons in the ECHL, they have won two Kelly Cups, been to the Finals three times, never endured a losing season and have won an unprecedented three straight Brabham Cups as regular-season champs.
Still, never too early to panic, fans!