Acadia Resigns Fab Fourby Marcel Cormier | October 19, 2011, 10:11 AM ET
"Obviously I'm thrilled," said a smiling Ryan Smyth who had just recently signed a 2-year extension as the Golden Bears designated Franchise Player. "This has been my home for the last 6 years, we won a Cup here... I had no desire to be anywhere else."
Smyth was one of four players signed by Acadia over the past week. While it hasn't been made official, sources indicate that forwards Mike Cammalleri, David Krejci and Claude Giroux have all agreed to terms on one-year contracts as well.
Smyth is coming off his best statistical season in the SICHL in five years, an 82-point campaign. The Alberta native dominates the Golden Bears record books in almost all offensive categories including points, goals, assists and game winning goals and his 443 games with Acadia is also a franchise high.
"I'm excited about the coming year," added Smyth, "Last season was a long one but now we've got an injection of youth and I know having talked to our returning veterans, there is a renewed sense that we can compete again. I'm eager to get going."
As for the signing of the other three forwards, clearly the Bears and GM Guy Flaming were not keen on simply qualifying those players, especially in light of what happened last Autumn when they lost goaltender Jimmy Howard to a ridiculous offer sheet from Amsterdam.
A team source also suggests that the club has qualified a number of other Restricted Free Agents including Cal Clutterbuck, David Desharnais, Curtis Glencross, Justin Abdelkader, Ladislav Smid, Jared Boll, Kris Russell and Theo Peckham. It is believed that the club has released Frazer Mclaren and MacGregor Sharp.