Aces: The Hughes trade keeps on giving

Doyle Woody,Adn Staff

The Alaska Aces earlier this offseason traded center Bobby Hughes to the ECHL's Fort Wayne Komets for future considerations. The "futures'' turned out to be the rights to center/wing Jean-Michel Rizk. He apparently did not want to play in Alaska, ergo the Aces today announced that they traded their rights to Rizk to the Greenville Road Warriors for the rights to center Brendan Connolly.

Connolly, a three-time 20+ goal scorer in the ECHL, is entering his fifth pro season and has 15 AHL games under his belt.

Last season for Greenville, Connolly racked 24-36--60 and +14 totals in 65 games. (That's compared to Rizk's 19-15--34 and -4 totals in 66 games for Fort Wayne).

So, looks like Aces coach Rob Murray has turned the Hughes trade into a productive deal -- namely, in the end he received something substantial for Hughes. Well, as long as Connolly signs and shows up here. The Aces' press release today says only that the club has acquired Connolly's rights -- we'll check with Aces bench boss Rob Murray today for clarification.

In 150 games for Greenville over the last three seasons, Connolly, a former Ferris St. skater, has earned 70-96--166 totals and a +69 rating.

The Aces previously announced the signings of veteran defenseman Sean Curry, winger Jordan Kremyr and defenseman Kane Lafranchise, all returners from last season's Brabham Cup-winning club.

Look for more on the Connolly deal later at and Friday in the dead-trees edition of the ADN.