VEGINA — The Saskatchewan Roughriders have acquired national offensive lineman Philip Blake and national wide receiver Patrick Lavoie from the Montreal Alouettes.
In exchange the Riders have sent national wide receiver Josh Stanford and their second-round selection in the 2020 CFL Draft to the Als.
Blake was originally selected by the Alouettes in the third-round (23rd overall) of the 2011 CFL Draft. The 32-year-old has started all 57 games played through four seasons in Montreal.
The Baylor product spent 2012-14 in the NFL after being selected by the Denver Broncos in the 4th round (108th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft.
Lavoie was originally selected by the Alouettes in the 2nd round (11th overall) of the 2012 CFL Draft. After spending two seasons in Montreal, he was selected by the Ottawa Redblacks in the 2013 CFL Expansion Draft. The 30-year-old spent four seasons in Ottawa before being re-acquired by Montreal in a January, 2018 trade.
Through seven CFL seasons, Lavoie has collected 138 receptions for 1,264 yards and seven touchdowns in 115 career regular-season games.
He has added five playoff games and two Grey Cup games, winning with the Ottawa Redblacks in 2016.
Given their ages-Blake will be 33 in late November and Lavoie 31 in 9 days- it is easier to understand this trade. With the 2018 selections of Rutherford and Johnstone, it was probably felt that it was better to trade Blake. We did receive a good Nat. WR.
With regards to Ackie, my thinking is that he was not interested in re-signing. I don’t see another reason for this trade. Ottawa will surely benefit in 2018 and will try to re-sign him.
On the positive side, if I can say so, both Ackie and Lavoie are pending free agents. Could always re-sign 1 or 2.
With these trades-all high paid veterans- along with the departures of some and the possible departures of others before next season, I calculate that for the 14 players I have identified that roughly $1,950,000. will come of the salary cap; these players were averaging $139,300. There will have to be 14 players replacing them, but I am positive that no less than $500,000. will be saved/reduced, leaving $$$ dollars available for re-signings of pending free agents,such as Adams, Pipkin,Gagnon and signings of free agents.
Je ne suis pas dans le secret de qui que ce soit,mais tenant compte de ces échanges, je serai surpris si Kavis Reed n’est pas de retour en 2018; plusieurs pourraient être/seront déçus.
Je serai décu, mais pas du tout surpris.. Wetenhall Jr. me semble comme le parfait candidat pour s'obstiner pendant plusieurs saison à ne pas vouloir admettre son erreur. Il faudra une vraie chute des assistances, augmentant de façon significative la pression financière, pour lui forcer la main.
Ma peur est quand nous en serons arrivés à ce stade là, la situation soit trop précaire pour sauver la survie à moyen terme du club à Montréal. Des grands dossiers se travaillent, pour la venue de la MLB et même NBA, Québec vivra peut-être le scénario de Winnipeg une de ces années.. la compétition pour le dollars-divertissement ne fera que grandir alors que le produit que les Alouettes aura à offrir ne fera que continuer à souffrir.
C'est vraiment triste à voir.. mais c'est le scénario le plus probable à mes yeux.
I remember taking swimming lessons at the “Y” when i was a kid.
Aside from ‘the jellyfish’, i remember them teaching me “bobbing” as a survival strategy.
Both intellectually and viscerally, my inner reaction was “yeeeahh no; wanna seriously question whomsoever made this sh*t up”.
But come to think of it, i think maybe i remember Kavis from that class. And yes, he was that kid that always stayed longer after class…
Just curious: Are you suggesting that Ontarians are unable to mark an ‘X’ on a legally-binding contract? I really honestly don’t understand your point. Seems like you’re either anti-ontarian or anti-quebecois. But hey - it’s the internet.
Also, when you type ‘Als’ all in caps, are you subtly referencing Lou Gehrig’s Disease? Can’t tell if that’s accidental or intentional. Harsh… but Oscar Wilde fans would gravely nod.
IMO this is unnecessary trolling. I cannot imagine that "Als" being in all caps caused you to not understand the point being made was that Ackie was unlikely to re-sign with the Montreal Alouettes football club of the Canadian Football League.