Acadia Acquires Veteran Goaltenderby Marcel Cormier | September 11, 2014, 1:24 PM ET
SAINT JOHN, NB - News this morning out of the offices of the Acadia Golden Bears that they have made a significant trade that will be made official with a press conference later today. The defending Commissioner's Trophy winners have acquired veteran netminder Roberto Luongo from the Las Vegas Aces.
Acadia is sending 27-year-old Ben Scrivens and upwards of $6 Million dollars in exchange for Luongo and a pair of future draft picks, a 2nd rounder in 2017 and a 5th in 2016. GM Guy Flaming explained the motivation behind the trade from an Acadian perspective.
"We're in win-now mode," He said, "We were regular season champs last year and we reached the conference final but that's not our end goal. We're happy to raise a new banner this year but we want to win another Continental Cup and we feel that we've taken a considerable step towards that today."
Fans were surprised by the trade and rightfully so. As little as a month ago the team was touting the combination of Scrivens and Braden Holtby as the tandem they would go with this year. Flaming commented on the change in direction.
"It's nothing against Scrivens or Holts but Ben is still unproven at this level and Braden might benefit more long term by having another season alongside a veteran goalie," he explained, "With Tommy Vokoun not returning this year, we explored options and when we kicked tires on Roberto, the wheels started moving."
Scrivens was acquired from Havana before the trade deadline this year and never played a game for the Bears. He was a good prescence in the dressing room through the final months of the season and into the playoffs and deserved an opportunity to play. He might not see much action in Las Vegas though either as he'll be the understudy to Sergei Bobrovsky.
Luongo, 34, has played 14 years in the SICHL and brings a dirth of experience with him to Saint John. He's won 30 games a remarkable 10 times including during the 2005-06 campaign where he won 51 contests for the Montreal Dragons which earned him both the Wayne Gretzky and Ken Dryden Trophy.
"Lou has been around for a long time but I know he's hungry to win and to be a starter and he'll get that chance here," said Flaming, "After playing only 8 games last year for the Aces, he's motivated to prove a lot of doubters wrong."
The 7th overall selection in the 2000 SICHL Draft, Luongo is slated to be an unrestricted free agent this time next year. The Bears will have the opportunity to hand the Franchise Player tag to him but forward Martin St. Louis and defencemen Brooks Orpik and Rob Scuderi are also in the same boat.
Clearly the team wants to win and win now.
- Acadia dealt goaltender Dustin Tokarski and a 4th round pick in 2014 to the Vancouver Vipers in excahnge for a pair of 2nd round picks, in 2014 nd 2015.
- Forward Ryan O'Reilly appears as though he will shift to the left wing this season.
- Forward Brandon Dubinsky is going to move to the middle on either the 2nd or 3rd line.
- Dustin Byfuglien, who started slowly last year before being moved from the blueline to forward, is going to see time at both positions this year. The big body could play on the back end during power plays while taking a regular shift on the RW.
- The Bears have released prospects Kyle Bigos and Garrett Roe.
- Acadia's official Twitter account is: @AcadiaGM