The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have traded veteran receiver Arland Bruce to the B.C. Lions in exchange for draft picks.
The move comes five days after the 33-year-old Bruce had a no-catch game in Hamilton's win over Montreal on Saturday and a day after he was absent from practice on Tuesday.
Bruce, acquired from Toronto in mid-season trade two years ago, had an outstanding season-and-a-half for Hamilton but his production has dropped sharply this season, as he has battled a series of nagging injuries.
At the same time, the Tiger-Cats offence has flourished with a new crop of young receivers, highlighted by rookie Chris Williams.
Bruce had become frustrated with his diminished role in the Hamilton offence this season, leading to a meeting between him, coach Marcel Bellefeuille and general manager Bob O'Billovich late Tuesday.
Bruce, who is currently nursing a hamstring injury, can bring experience and playmaking ability to an 0-5 Lion team that has struggled with inconsistency among its receivers.
Some thoughts from the Leo's beat writer before the deal went down - http://communities.canada.com/theprovince/blogs/fifthquarter/archive/2011/08/02/lions-casting-net-for-receiver.aspx