Major D Changes for Stamps – Charleston Hughes Traded

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.

Two Losses in a Row Coming into Final Week

Week 19 in the CFL which means one thing, Grey Cup is just around the corner. As the weather turns across Canada, the playoff picture has all but solidified. The teams have been decided, some long ago, but the placement, who gets home-field advantage, that’s up for grabs. In the West, Edmonton has found their groove along with Saskatchewan. Winnipeg is suffering injuries late, and Toronto is, well, a team out East.

The question Stamps fans are wondering–has the team regressed? After two back-to-back losses against divisional rivals, and another one next week, is this team going to disappoint in the post-season for a third straight year?

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Stampeders Picks in 2017 CFL Draft

Usually, you expect John Hufnagel to go wild on Canadian OL talent, but this year there was scant on the O-side of the football (he must think we can skip a year in O-Line development.) What we have seen before, however, is the dip into new Canadians, American players picking up their dual-citizenship. This year’s first-round draft, which the Stamps traded up for, was Randy Colling, a huge DL who’s played in the AFL the past 4 years.

The rest of the selections:

1st Round: DL Randy Colling, Gannon (6th)
2nd Round: REC Julan Lynch, Saskatchewan (17th)
3rd Round: DB Tunde Adeleke, Carleton (25th)
4th Round: LB Ante Milanovic-Litre, Simon Fraser (28th)
5th Round: OL Felix Gacusana Jr., Simon Fraser (43rd)
6th Round: DL Alexandre Gagnon, Sherbrooke (52nd)
7th Round: DB Adam Laurensse, Calgary (61st)
8th Round: WR Richard Sindani, Regina (70th)

2016 Calgary Stampeders Training Camp Closes – Roster Set

The final cuts were handed down and this year’s Calgary Stampeders roster is now largely set.

Here are the updates:

Players released:

National defensive back Jean-Philippe Bolduc
National defensive back Malcolm Brown
International offensive lineman Alex Fifita
International defensive lineman Uriah Grant
International receiver Josh Harper
National offensive lineman Quinn Horton
International quarterback G.J. Kinne
International receiver Matthew Norzil
International linebacker Cameron Ontko
International running back Lache Seastrunk
National linebacker Corbin Sharun
International defensive back Demetrius Wright

The following player is returning to his university team:

National defensive lineman Michael Kashak

The following players have been added to the practice roster:

International defensive lineman Demonte’ Bolden
National linebacker Max Caron
International receiver DaVaris Daniels
International defensive lineman Josh Francis
International defensive back Mylan Hicks
National defensive back Dexter Janke
International receiver Jamal Nixon
International defensive back Osagie Odiase
International offensive lineman Ucambre Williams
International receiver Greg Wilson

2016 Stampeders Training Camp Set to Open

The 2016 Calgary Stampeders training camp is set to open soon, with rookie camp opening tomorrow. There’re number of personnel changes which means more starting spots open on the roster. There hasn’t been this much movement of players in recent memory, which should give new head coach Dave Dickenson a chance to put his mark on the team but may also prove challenging as he Phil spots left by veterans. As players start to arrive in the city, training camp coaches are showing up as well and there are some interesting surprises.

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Main Camp Opens for 2015 Stampeder Season

It’s that time of year again when hockey (should be) is done, and the football season is starting. The Calgary Stampeders look to defend their Grey Cup championship this year and we’ll have a number of vets to help them. Despite some question marks about the offensive line, we have a strong team that could very well content again. In fact I would say most fans expect them to be back at the finally November.

Look back here for updates on surprising additions and count as we countdown to the season opener in one month.