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Monday, Jun 16 2014 11:12 PM

Condors trade Burgdoerfer, but he could return

By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

The Condors have traded the rights to longtime defenseman Erik Burgdoerfer to Greenville, S.C.

The deal, announced Monday, completes the future considerations portion of a deal in which the Condors acquired center Ryan Garlock.

"Burgy becomes an unrestricted free agent on Sept. 1, meaning that he can choose where he wants to play regardless of who has his rights currently," Condors coach Troy Mann said. "I've told him that I would like him back next season, but as a veteran it is up to him to decide his plans for next year."

Veterans are defined as any player who has played 260 games or more in qualifying leagues. They become unrestricted free agents Sept. 1 even if they are qualified by a team and are free to sign with any team in the ECHL at that point.

Burgdoerfer, 25, joined the Condors in March 2009, playing three games while on spring break during his senior year at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York. He signed with the team that summer and has played his entire ECHL career with Bakersfield.

Burgdoerfer played 269 games with Bakersfield in four-plus seasons, second-most for a defenseman in team history. He had career highs in goals (11) and points (22) to go along with a plus-15 mark in 2013-14. He earned his first American Hockey League (AHL) call-up to Oklahoma City in December and had an assist in three games.

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