Atlanta Gladiators give qualifying offers to eight players for 2018-19 ECHL season
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The Atlanta Gladiators of the ECHL gave qualifying offers to eight of their players on Monday. Players that receive an open qualifying offer are unable to be traded. It should be noted that players on the Gladiators protected list that were not given qualifying offers became free agent on July 1, the same day the National Hockey League began its free agency. 

There were six forwards and two defensemen who received qualifying offers from the Gladiators. The forwards were Tanner Pond, Alex Gacek, Branden Troock, Taylor Stefishen, Luke Sandler and Darby Llewellyn. The defensemen were Ben Danford and Zach Malatesta. 

Sandler and Pond were the two top leaders in penalty minutes for the Gladiators in 2017-18. Sandler had 190 penalty minutes and Pond had 163 penalty minutes. 

Danford meanwhile led all Gladiators in scoring among defensemen. He had 10 goals and 24 assists for 34 points. 

Pond had 14 goals and 24 assists for 37 points. Stefishen had eight goals and 16 assists for 24 points. Sandler had 10 goals and 12 assists for 22 points. Gacek had eight goals and nine assists for 17 points. Malatesta had one goal and 10 assists for 11 points. 

Troock meanwhile shared his time last season with the Gladiators and Greenville Swamp Rabbits in the ECHL. He had 17 goals and 30 assists for 47 points in only 45 games. 

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