Bauman was beaten out of a starting job by Stala, and Matt Carter can back Stala up. Bauman has potential, but seems to be taking too long to develop. He was becoming a non-factor in Hamilton. And I think there's a real chance that he might eventually want to play out west when he becomes a FA. So no big loss there.
And Mace is no big loss either. Obie just got rid of a headache.
Does anyone know what the length of Bauman's contract is? This is his third year with the club and I can't imagine they signed him for anything longer than 3+option. Or is he in his option year already? I also suspect he'd probably try to hook up with Winnipeg or Saskatchewan when he becomes a free agent.
My understanding is that Bruce signed a new contract with Toronto for 1+option back in January.
This is a good move by Obilovich because even if it was a towel being offered in exchange by a western team it was worth it to Rita to make the move and keep him away from their two rivals.
BobO was boxed in with Mace so he clears that problem. As far as Bauman I think the team might have given up on him becoming a dominant receiver and no one can argue with that.
So it ends up being Moreno and Bauman for a first round pick and (Arland Bruce for at least one season for cheap). Obilovich can see how Bruce produces and what kind of a leader he is this year and decide what they do next year.... pay the 190k, try to renegotiate or cut him.