Rest easy, Cowbell Crew, the Alaska Aces have finally begun releasing info on players signed for the upcoming season.
Today, the ECHL Kelly Cup champions announced the first of that crew -- defenseman Corey Syvret is back in the fold for a third season with the club.
Syvret, 25, last season played every playoff game on the march to the third Kelly Cup in the franchise's 11 seasons on the circuit. He furnished six playoff assists and a +5 rating.
Syvret was limited to just 28 regular-season games (2-13--15, +16) primarily because of a long-term ankle injury that caused him to miss 38 consecutive games. He returned to the lineup late in the season and was a regular from there on out.
Syvret is heading into his fifth season as a pro. A reminder: He does not count as a veteran (260 games played as a pro in qualifying leagues). Each ECHL team gets a maximum of four veterans (goaltenders are exempt from the vet rule). Two of the Aces veterans from last season's club, centers Jordan Morrison and Tyler Mosienko, have already agreed to deals outside the ECHL).
Expect the Aces to announce a signing or two every week for the next month and a half or more. No doubt coach Rob Murray has signed a slew of guys, but the team likes to reveal the signings -- as does every ECHL club -- one or two at a time to get regular coverage of the club.
Check back at adn.com later today for more on Syvret's signing, and there will be more in Friday's dead-trees edition of the newspaper.