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Thursday, February 14, 2019 1:00 am

Clearing confusion on considerations

Compensation and completion of trades hard for fans to grasp

JUSTIN A. COHN | The Journal Gazette

Komets

at Kalamazoo

When: 7:30 p.m. today

Where: Wings Event Center, Kalamazoo, Mich.

vs. Adirondack

When: 8 p.m. Friday

Where: Memorial Coliseum

Radio: 1190 AM, 107.5 FM

Having landed J.C. Campagna (23 goals) and Brady Shaw (39 points), one could argue the Komets are the ECHL's current masters of the trade for future considerations. This season, the Komets have also acquired Ryan Siiro, Jordan Sims, Garrett Clarke and Garrett Ladd for future considerations.

Trades for future considerations can be confusing for fans because they don't know what the returns will be or when the trades will be completed. The only people privy to the trade parameters are the teams and the ECHL's director of hockey administration, Dan Petrino, who verifies the deals.

In the case of Campagna, acquired from the Allen Americans on Oct. 15, it wasn't known if Fort Wayne could fulfill its end with one player, two or three, if cash would do, and if the trade had to be fulfilled during the season or just by summer when all 2018-19 business must end. Not until the Komets shipped rookie goaltender Kyle Hayton to the Americans on Nov. 26 was the trade complete.

Here's a primer on how future considerations trades are made:

Making them available

While teams are able to send out league-wide emails letting teams know a player is available, teams don't often advertise that way.

“Some people don't like to put guys names up that are up for trade because they're afraid that information is going to get out and get back to the player,” Komets general manager David Franke said. “So a lot of times you see more of one team calling another team and talking about players.”

Coaches and general managers that have had past relationships will talk about players. Or, teams that have had good trade negotiations will partner again. For example, the Komets have had multiple deals this season with Greenville and Allen.

“With the way technology and information is now, it's almost to the point that you have to make the phone calls and just talk about it on the phone because everything is easily picked up otherwise,” Franke said. “The last thing we want to do is get a player (mad).”

Deal verbiage

When a trade is made for future considerations, the teams have to agree to several facets of the deal, like when it will be completed, maybe within 45 days or by the ECHL trade deadline. Normally the team that is owed a player already has an idea of who they want and has told that to the trade partner. And the ECHL has to sign off on all verbiage.

“They can't name the player (to come later) by name in a trade (on paper), so maybe you tell them it's a left-shot defenseman so you know the player you're supposed to get,” said Joe Ernst, the ECHL's senior vice president of hockey operations. “So you've specified what the player you're supposed to get, 'left shot, 6-foot-2,' without putting a kid's name in there.”

Sometimes the trades are less specific; maybe it can be fulfilled in the offseason by a team protecting a certain number of players and the other team picking from the leftovers.

“It just depends on who you're dealing with and the art of the deal and what's involved in it,” said Franke, who along with coach Gary Graham has dealt Thomas Ebbing, Justin Kea and Charley Graaskamp to either acquire or fulfill future considerations this season.

Mediation

Believe it or not, it's rare that a deal for future considerations is made and, when it's time for it to be fulfilled, the teams cannot come to an agreement. As Franke noted, word would get out about a team not honoring its word.

“If you have an agreement when you make the deal, then you've got to stand by your word and you've got to follow through with any players or possible players who were mentioned,” Franke said. “If you go back on your word or try to change all the parameters after it's been agreed to and signed off on, it doesn't put you in a good light.”

Ernst warns teams to be careful with future considerations deals because, as time goes on, their rosters could change due to injuries or call-ups and they may not be as enthused about parting with a player they'd already agreed to send. If some sort of mediation is needed, however, the ECHL would take charge.

“If we need to step in, we would,” Ernst said, adding that aside from some rare cases in the offseason, the teams have almost always worked it out themselves.

jcohn@jg.net