3-Headed Monster Invades Saint John

With their eyes on the future, a recent trade could pose a risk to Acadia's present success.
by Marcel Cormier | March 6, 2014, 6:33 PM ET

Yesterday's trade that saw Acadia acquire goaltender Ben Scrivens from Havana will force the Bears to carry three goaltenders for the remainder of the season. It's not an ideal situation but all parties affected are on board with the plan, accoring to GM Guy Flaming.

The Bears have not struggled in net this year, in fact, both Tomas Vokoun and Braden Holtby enter tonight's action with identical .925 sv% and both are in the top 15 for GAA in the SICHL. Yet Vokoun, 36, is headed to unrestricted free agency and the Bears not interested in having him return. But does that mean that he's available for trade now?

"Absolutely not," said Flaming. "Tomas is an invaluable piece of our team. He's been a great addition since we picked him up from Toronto for Devan Dubnyk and I think I can safely say that we wouldn't have won the Continental Cup in 2012 without him."

"It's true that he and I have discussed next season and that we have agreed to part ways after this year but you can rest assured that both he and Holtby will continue to share the load this season," he added before teasing, "We'll see what happens in the playoffs. I hope he can help take us deep into the spring once again."

For Scrivens, the news isn't great but he's going to make the best of the situation.

"Listen, of course I want to play but if that's not going to happen for now then I will concentrate on helping the guys in practice and being a good teammate." said Scrivens.

The reason the Bears made the deal is that there isn't enough confidence yet that Jacob Markstrom can take over a SICHL seat behind Holtby next year. The Swede is still a solid prospect but hasn't made the progression as quickly as expected. In fact, pushing Scrivens next year is likely going to be Martin Jones, a free agent signing three years ago that appears close to paying off.

Also in the system and playing well is Dustin Tokarski.

The trade with Havana came at a steep price as the Bears had to surrender young defenceman Jake Gardiner, a 1st round pick in 2008 that was finally getting close to becoming a SICHL regular. The bright side for Acadia fans is that the team is deep in similar players - Jared Spurgeon has claimed that role this year. Mark Pysyk and Paul Postma have seen limited SICHL duty this season. Rasmus Ristolainen, Patrick Wey and Joe Morrow are on thier way and next year everyone is anticipating that Jacob Trouba will leap frog them all to land on the Bears' roster.

Bear Tracks

  • The trade with Havana also saw the two teams switch their 2nd round picks in 2016. Acadia also took on Havana's 5th rounder in 2015.
  • A deal completed late this afternoon but as yet unannounced saw two Acadia farmhands sent to Toronto for a single pick. Brad Ross and Teemu Hartikainen join the Titans oragnization in exchange for a 2016 3rd round pick. Ross was a 2nd round pick taken in 2010, Hartikainen a 6th rounder from 2008.
  • Boston College junior Johnny Gaudreau continues to lead the NCAA scoring race with 30 goals and 64 points in 34 games. He is a landslide favourite to be named the Hobey Baker Award winner next month as the top player in college hockey.
  • Tristan Jarry leads the WHL in wins (40) and shutouts (7) for the Edmonton Oil Kings.

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