The Quad-City Mallards re-signed defenseman Alexander Kuqali and traded the rights to defenseman Desmond Bergin to the Adirondack Thunder Friday.

Kuqali rejoins the Mallards after tallying six assists in 28 games after he was acquired by Quad-City in a trade with the Florida Everblades. All told last year he tallied 16 assists in 63 games.

“It’s great to have Alexander back in the Flock on our blue line. I expect his game to improve and his minutes to increase during his second pro season,” Mallards coach Phil Axtell said. “He’s well liked, he’s respected by our seven other returners and he's great in the community. I’m thrilled to have him in a Mallards sweater again this year.”

Bergin was sent to Adirondack in exchange for future considerations after being acquired by the Mallards in a trade with the Greenville Swamp Rabbits on Aug. 14.