For two seasons in a row, the Calgary Stampeders have lost in the Grey Cup Final. Neither was a problem on the D, in fact, the unit has been among the league’s best.
Yet the Stampeders will have two massive components gone from their lineup for the 2018 season. S Josh Bell will move to a coaching role, and today, Charleston Hughes was traded to Hamilton for a bag of balls.
You can’t fault for Hufnagel for making his decisions. He gets the benefit of the doubt as he’s built Championship (almost) teams consistently. He’s always made hard choices that wound up being the right ones. Plus, the CFL is a business, and Hughes makes top dollar (in a kind of defensive line in the CFL way). He had one year left and probably hoped to finish his career out here, but Huf isn’t interested in making friends. He wants to win within the cap.
Doesn’t make the move any easier for fans who simply see top talent go to a competitor. Hughes will be missed as a great ambassador in the community, but also one of the best linemen in Stamps history.
As per the Stampeders, the club has made some roster moves:
The following players have been released:
International receiver Reggie Begelton
International receiver A.J. Cruz
National defensive lineman Ben D’Aguilar
International offensive lineman Devonte Danzey
National offensive lineman Felix Gacusana
International quarterback Mitchell Gale
International running back Jacobi Green
International defensive lineman Kingsley Ibeh
International defensive back Tre Jones
International defensive lineman Jeff Luc
International offensive lineman Antoine McClain
International linebacker Evan McKelvey
International offensive lineman Mike McQueen
International receiver Jamal Nixon
International defensive back Joel Ross
National defensive back Chris Rwabukamba
International receiver Kevin Smith
Two notable roster moves in Stamps camp. First off, Drew Tate is back into action after missing a month an a half with a shoulder injury. He’ll retain his place as Burris’ backup. That would also spell the end of Michael Bishop who’s brief stint running short yardage plays with the Stamps comes to a close. He knew his role coming in and completed it with class. Maybe Winnipeg will pick him up 😛
The Stampeders have sent lineman Jesse Newman to BC for a 2011 2nd round selection in the CFL Draft and a conditional 2012 fourth-round pick. Newman left the Stamps abruptly at the beginning of the season and returned last week. In his absence the Stamps haven’t missed a beat so his departure makes little difference to the team today.
You have to think that BC got the better of this deal, assuming Newman sticks around in football. He very well could anchor that O-line for the next 15 years, assuming he sticks around.
The Calgary Stampeders continued their rout of veteran players today by shipping standout SB Jermain Copeland to the Toronto Argonauts for WR P.K. Sam. The Stampeders recently let kicker Sandro DeAngelis go last week, this week it’s Copeland. The Argos pick up Copeland, and a larger salary, as wll as 850 more yards in receiving and six times the number of TD’s than Sam.
It seems Calgary is content with their current slotback situation and though they’d save some extra cash with Copeland. No word on who’s going out next, or who will replace Copeland at slotback.
Word out of Stamps camp is that Sandrio Deangelis won’t be returning as a Stampeder. I thought he was going to the NFL, but it seems with the latest release from the Stampeders they’re cutting ties completely. This is a bit surprising given the fact kickers in the CFL generally stick with their teams (in the league) for 20 years which means Sandro had a good solid 15 years left :P.
Not only that, Sandro was good, and finding good kickers in a pool of ‘not many’ is hard. Maybe some unknown will emerge since jobs in the NFL are limited, but fact is someone else will be given the duty of winning clutch games this coming season.
The Calgary Stampeders have acquired receivers Romby Bryant and Arjei Franklin from the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in a deal for receivers Jabari Arthur and Titus Ryan, plus defensive lineman Odell Willis.
Calgary also gets a third-round pick in 2010 and the rights to an unnamed negotiation-list player, while fourth and sixth round picks in 2010 also went to Winnipeg.
You expected Calgary to deal with the loss of Thelwell and Rambo no closer to returning. here is the break down of the trade from our perspective.
Getting ready for July 1st, 2009, the kick-off to the 2009 CFL season, the Stamps have finalised their roster.
Receiver Jackie Chambers*
Quarterback Matt D’Orazio*
Offensive lineman John Hashem
Defensive back Anthony Ivy*
Defensive lineman Julian Jenkins*
Receiver John Kanaroski
Defensive lineman E.J. Kuale*
Defensive back Perry Kyles*
Receiver Vincent Marshall*
Fullback Scott McHenry
Running back Cedric Thompson*
Jojuan Armour (Released before)
The Calgary Stampeders released the following players today:
• Defensive end Anthony Gargiulo
• Receiver Chris Jackson
• Defensive back Willie Byrd
• Receiver Greg Hetherington
• Defensive tackle Marcus Parker