In a strange turn of events, the Gwinnett Gladiators got forward Brandon Kaleniecki back.
The Gladiators traded the winger to Las Vegas in July of 2007 and Kaleniecki played 60 games last season for the Wranglers. On Thursday, Las Vegas dealt the 26-year-old back to Gwinnett for financial considerations.
Kaleniecki, who had 30 points on 16 goals and 14 assists last year, only played in one game for the Wranglers this season. Head coach Glen Gulutzan had an abundance of forwards and was discussing trade options with the Gladiators on Thursday.
Gwinnett head coach Jeff Pyle said the deal came together quickly.
"He had a bunch of guys and asked if I needed a forward," Pyle said. "The whole thing is I needed a left wing. But I didn't know if (Kaleniecki) would come here.
"He was pretty pumped actually. I told him, 'Sorry you were traded, but we're glad to have you back.'"
Kaleniecki is in just his third pro season and his first, with Gwinnett, was severely limited by an elbow injury. The Livonia, Mich., native played only 19 games his rookie season after a college career at Michigan.
Pyle expects Kaleniecki to be used in all situations, including penalty kill and power play.
"I'm not bringing him here to sit out, that's for sure," Pyle said.
"I'm just trying to upgrade and get us a little more depth."
The Gladiators don't play again until Tuesday, so there's no rush getting Kaleniecki here from out west. Pyle expected him to be here sometime this weekend. Also scheduled to arrive soon is another forward, tough guy Myles Stoesz. Stoesz was assigned to Gwinnett by the Atlanta Thrashers on Wednesday after spending the last month with AHL Chicago.