Another Deal For Acadia

The Amsterdam Admirals were in town on Sunday but were one player lighter when they left Saint John.
by Marcel Cormier | January 2, 2012, 3:45 AM ET

It has yet to be confirmed by the league office but an apparent trade was completed on Sunday night between the Acadia Golden Bears and the Amsterdam Admirals.

Acadia's 5-4 was barely in the books when Bears GM Guy Flaming and Admirals GM Kenny Leibe were spotted in conversation in the executive's lounge. What was said is still rumor but here is what was witnessed by various media at the rink.

The GMs were in frequent contact during the course of the game and met face to face during the intermissions. Afterwards the meeting was continued in the more private executive's lounge and the two GMs were joined by other executives from the two teams.

At one point, Acadia head coach Dave Hakstol was called to the room and left a few minutes later. 

There were handshakes all around and then GM Leibe made a phone call, presumably to the hotel where his team was staying for the night, before he and his staff left Acadia Place.

A minute later, a bag was unloaded from the Amsterdam equipment truck and taken down the hall to the Golden Bears room.

No one could positively identify the name of the player or see his identity on the equipment bag but it is safe to say that Acadia has acquired a roster player from Amsterdam. Who or what the Admirals will be receiving in return is not known at this time.

Admirals beat reporter Wendal Spark is reporting that the player in question is none other than veteran forward Scott Hartnell and that prospect Reilly Smith is also included in the deal. The report suggests that 23-year-old Justin Abdelkader, prospect Justin Shugg and a late round pick are now property of the Admirals.

Hartnell would inject more leadership and experience into the Bears line up but it is unclear where on the depth chart he would fit in. The former 1st round pick is a left winger but may have to be happy with 4th line minutes behind Ryan Smyth, Mike Cammalleri and Curtis Glencross unless other things are in motion.

Reilly Smith was a 5th round SICHL pick by Amsterdam in 2009 and currently leads the Miami RedHawks in scoring. He was invited to Canada's WJC selection camp last December but did not make the tournament roster in Buffalo. He is 6'1 and 183 lbs.

Abdelkader has been part of the Acadia organization since 2005 when he was chosen in the 2nd round (47th overall) by Flaming and his scouting staff. The big forward cracked the opening night roster this year and has appeared in 27 SICHL games over the past three seasons.  

Expect an official release from the SICHL offices on Monday.

Bear Tracks:

- Tomas Vokoun met with his teammates and coaches yesterday after arrving from Toronto. He was dressed as the back up to Johan Hedberg during the 5-4 win over Amsterdam. It is likely that he will start in Calgary against the Mustangs...

- German prospect Tobias Rieder led the DIV I World Junior Championship in scoring with 13 points in 6 games. Germany has advanced to the main pool for the 2013 WJC.

- American J.T. Miller impressed at the 2012 WJC in Edmonton but his team failed to advance to the medal round. They will face Latvia in the first stage of the relegation round this week.

- Mark Stone has been absolutely on fire for Canada in the WJC having scored in every game including the three pre-tournament exhibition matches. He also leads the WHL in scoring.

- Defenceman Brayden McNabb has signed an entry level deal with Acadia which will allow him to play professionally beginning next season. The former Kootenay Ice rearguard was drafted by Acadia in the 3rd round of the 2009 SICHL draft.

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