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Giroux Signs Golden Deal

by Marcel Cormier | November 8, 2012, 11:13 AM ET

The Acadia Golden Bears recently signed restricted free agent Claude Giroux to a new 1-year, $7 Million contract. It is the largest pay day ever awarded in the history of the franchise.

"There was never any question that we would get it done," said GM Guy Flaming, "He's our best player, one of the best players in the entire SICHL. You don't qualify guys like that, you sign them and make sure they are happy."

The Bears were not going to take the chance that another team in the league would put an offer sheet to Giroux as has happened in the past. Ladislav Smid left for Stockholm last summer and a couple of years ago Jimmy Howard was wooed by Amsterdam.

Giroux, the 12th overall pick in the 2006 SICHL Draft, has appeared in 242 regular season games and has 167 points.

The Ontario native played for Gatineau in the QMJHL after not being chosen in the OHL Priority Draft and not signed by any team in that league.

"I'm excited to continue my career with the Bears," said Giroux, "We have a good thing going here, a young team but an exceptionally talented group of guys. We're coming off a championship and we think we genuinely can contend again this year. I wouldn't want to be anywhere else."

Bear Tracks

- Despite often speaking out against other GMs who have chosen to make offers to restricted free agents, it's been reported that the Bears are doing exactly that with Ladislav Smid, a player they lost last summer in the exact same way to Stockholm. It's unclear if Acadia is the front runner for Smid, Edmonton is said to have interest as well, but the Cougars will have the option to match the offer or accept draft pick compensation - not something Acadia ever surrenders lightly. 

- GM Guy flaming has made it known that he's on the lookout to acquire defensive blueliners. With a plethora of d-men that can move the puck and create offence, the team wants some stay at home guys to balance the roster. Smid would fit the bill as would unrestricted free agents Jan Hejda and Toni Lydman, two players the Bears are said to be in negotiations with.

- Acadia is expected to circulate a list of players the organization will make available for trade prior to the enforecement of the 100-asset cap rule coming in. The new rule will commence on opening night of the regular season. Acadia is expected to have to trim 5-10 players from the franchise and will do so via trade or simple deletion.

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