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Gladiators release protected player list

DULUTH - ECHL teams released the lists of players they are protecting for the 2009-10 season Tuesday.

The Gwinnett Gladiators protected 18 players - defensemen Jeff Mason, Jeff Dunne, Josh Engel, Scott Marchesi, Phil Youngclaus, Mike Looby and Chris Cava; forwards on the list are Bryson Busniuk, Tom Zanoski, Pat Bateman, Brad Schell, Brandon Kaleniecki, Andy Brandt, Dirk Southern, Jordan Fox, Dan Sullivan and Travis Fuller; and goaltender Josh Johnson.

Bateman has already signed to play overseas for the 2009-10 season. The fleet-footed forward is going to be with Belfast of the Elite League.

Teams are allowed to protect as many players as they wish, provided they meet the guidelines which state teams shall retain the rights to each player that:

1. Signed a standard players contract in 2008-09, and has not been traded or released, or

2. Signed standard players contract in 2008-09, and was recalled to the National Hockey League, the American Hockey League or an International Ice Hockey Federation team, and has not been traded or released, or

3. Received a 2008-09 qualifying offer for the current season, and did not sign a standard players contract, and has not been traded or released, or

4. Has been suspended by the team or league, and has not been traded or released, or

5. Signed standard players contract on or after the first day of the 2008-09 regular season, then subsequently signed an NHL/AHL contract, and has not been traded or released, or

6. Has executed the ECHL retirement form, and has not been traded or released.

All trades including future considerations must be completed by June 13. Teams must submit their season-ending roster by 3 p.m. June 15. Season-ending rosters may include up to 20 players and cannot include any players who did not sign an ECHL contract in 2008-09.

From the season ending roster, the Gladiators may tender qualifying offers to only a maximum of eight players. That deadline is July 1.