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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

NO ROOKIE CAMP FOR RIDERS, OTHER NOTES FROM MURPHY

Saskatchewan Roughriders Assistant VP of Player Personnel John Murphy appeared on 620 CKRM's SportsCage on Tuesday to provide an update on the club heading into training camp in Saskatoon beginning Sunday.

- There will be no rookie camp for the Saskatchewan Roughriders this week, unlike other CFL teams. Murphy said the QBs the club has under contract will take part in classroom sessions in the coming days. He said they made their decisions on rookie players at the Florida minicamp, and that's who will move on to main camp. He also said it's too much of a logistical problem to move all of their equipment to Saskatoon if it was still needed in Regina for a rookie camp.

- There will be five quarterbacks in training camp in Saskatoon: Kevin Glenn, Vince Young, Brandon Bridge, Bryan Bennett and Maty Mauk. Mauk, a Missouri alum, held a pro day this spring which Chris Jones attended.  Mok is expected to sign with the Riders within the next few days.

- Regarding their contract negotiations with their 2017 draft class, Murphy disputed an online report that said talks aren't going well. He said the Riders are on pace with other CFL teams regarding signing their draftees. Murphy said he's unsure how the report got out regarding the negotiations, since he's only spoken with the players' agents and no one else.

- Murphy said it's "a coincidence" that last year's #1 overall pick Josaih St. John held out of last year's training camp, and this year's top two picks still haven't signed. He said it's different players, different agents, and different figures being bantied about.

- The Riders will hit the field at Griffiths Stadium in Saskatoon daily at 9:00 am for 2017 Training Camp presented by Coors Light.

RP
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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

PATS ACQUIRE BRADLEY FOR HOLLETT

The Regina Pats have acquired 20-year-old forward Matt Bradley from the Medicine Hat Tigers along with a second round pick in 2018 and a fifth round pick in 2019. In exchange the Pats send 18-year-old goaltender Jordan Hollett to the Tigers.

Bradley, had a career year in 2016/17 scoring 34 goals and adding 43 assists for 77 points in 70 games. The Surrey, B.C. product was drafted in the fifth round of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft by the Montreal Canadiens, 131st overall.

For his WHL career, Bradley has played in 209 games over three seasons, scoring 74 goals, 94 assists and 168 points. The 6’0, 195 lbs. forward has amassed 144 penalty minutes and 15 game winning goals with Medicine Hat.

“We are excited to add a player of Bradley’s caliber,” said Pats Head Coach and GM John Paddock. “He adds skill and hard work to our group and comes from a winning program in Medicine Hat.”

The Pats sent goaltender Jordan Hollett the other way in the trade. Hollett will enter his 18-year-old season next year with the Tigers. The Langley, B.C. native appeared in 43 games with the Pats, compiling a record of 25-9-3-0 with a 3.30 goals against average, an ,892 save percentage and one shutout.

Hollett is the 15th ranked goaltender in North America for the 2017 NHL Entry Draft and in 2016/17 went 15-2-2-0 with a 2.83 G.A.A and a .901 SV%.

“We wish Jordan all the best in Medicine Hat,” said Paddock. “He has been a credit to our organization, on and off the ice.”

Season Tickets for the Regina Pats 100th Anniversary Season will go on sale June 1st at reginapats.com. Current season ticket holders will be receiving a renewal package prior to June 1.

(Courtesy Phil Andrews/ReginaPats.com)

RIOT FALLS TO SASKATOON

Wanda Harron Photography
Despite losing 20-17 Sunday night to the Saskatoon Valkyries at Historic Mosaic Stadium, the Regina Riot currently hold on to 1st place in the WWCFL and if they beat Winnipeg this weekend they will secure a home playoff game Sunday, June 4.

The Regina Riot maintained the lead for 59 minutes and 53 seconds however the Valkyries’ Murphy scored the winning touchdown with seven seconds left remaining making the final score 20-17 for Saskatoon.

Carmen Agar was the game star for the Regina Riot rushing 16 times for 107 yards and scoring 2 touchdowns and Morgan Turner went 1/1 in field goals.

The Riot travel to Winnipeg Sunday, May 28 to face the Winnipeg Wolfpack.

The Regina Riot will be back on the practice starting Wednesday night at 6:00 p.m. Luther High School.

(Courtesy Roshelle Montgomery)

FROM 3DOWNNATION.COM: MULLINDER NAMED RIDER COLOUR MAN


By: Drew Edwards

Carm Carteri is out after 28 years as the colour commentator on Saskatchewan Roughrider radio broadcasts, per multiple sources.
Carteri was informed by CKRM station management a couple of weeks ago that he would be replaced by former Roughrider defensive lineman Luc Mullinder who will partner with play-by-play man Rod Pedersen. Carteri, who had hoped to broadcast at least two more seasons, was offered another, lesser role on the broadcast but declined.
Born and raised in Regina, Carteri played in six CFL season from 1979 to 1985, including three with the Roughriders. Mullinder, 36, is originally from New Zealand and played eight season with the Riders from 2004 to 2011. He currently works as an analyst for CKRM and Riderville.com.

CFL WEEK IN REVIEW

By: Geoff Harvey
GetMoreSports.com

The CFL season is right around the corner now. With the season less than two months away, there is certainly plenty to talk about around the league. We narrowed down the list to the most notable stories around the league, including the Hamilton Tiger-Cats locking up their veteran defensive end long-term and the optimism in the Toronto Argonauts locker room following the addition of Marc Trestman as head coach.

Here is a look at the top CFL news and notes for this week.

Ticats Extend Veteran DE Chick

The Tiger-Cats extended veteran defensive end John Chick with a contract that will last through the 2018 season. Hamilton signed Chick before last season after he was cut by the Saskatchewan Roughriders. The 34-year-old registered 14 sacks, which was tied for the second-most in the CFL last season, along with 40 tackles. Chick earned CFL All-Star honors and was named the team’s nominee for the Most Outstanding Defensive Player in 2016.

Argos Ray Optimistic Under Trestman

The Argonauts are coming off an awful season in which injuries and inconsistency really hurt the team. However, there is definitely reason for optimism in Toronto this year based in large part on their new head coach. Marc Trestman has wasted little time changing the overall attitude in Toronto after he was hired by the franchise just a couple of months ago. Quarterback Ricky Ray has been particularly vocal about the direction of the franchise. Ray told reporters this week that, “I’ve seen a lot of things happen in the CFL throughout my career. I’ve seen teams turn it around very quickly year to year, so everything’s possible.” It will certainly be very interesting to see what Trestman has in store, and how quickly the Argonauts are able to turn things around.

Argonauts Sign Former Ticats DB Vaughn

Argonauts GM Jim Popp continued his busy offseason with the addition of former Ticats DB Cassius Vaughan. Vaughan, who has several years of NFL experience, played nine games for Hamilton in 2016 after he was signed at midseason. The 29-year-old had 26 tackles. The Argonauts also signed defensive back Davonte Neal and Canadian receiver Jimmy Ralph as they continued their offseason rebuild.

Riders Sign Safety Edem To Extension

The Saskatchewan Roughriders signed Canadian safety Mike Edem to a contract extension that will keep him with the team through the 2018 season. The Riders recently acquired Edem and a conditional selection in the 2018 CFL Draft from the BC Lions for a conditional 2018 pick. The 27-year-old Edem has started 33 regular season games in his career. Edem has registered 91 tackles, 29 special-teams tackles, six interceptions and five sacks in his career. The veteran safety was a 2013 East Division All-Star and Montreal’s nominee as outstanding rookie that year. Saskatchewan will hope that Edem can help their secondary perform at a higher level than they did last season as they look to become a contender in the West Division in 2017.

Stampeders Add Stanzi To Roster

The Calgary Stampeders have added another quarterback to the roster. Former Iowa Hawkeyes signal caller Ricky Stanzi will get a shot with the team during the rookie camp to see whether he sticks or not. Stanzi had played for Iowa and led them to a couple of good seasons from 2007-2010. He had led them to an undefeated start to their 2009 campaign before the team faded. They were 9-0 heading into a game against Northwestern but was injured. After that, the Hawkeyes season went astray. He had opportunities with six different NFL teams but he never lasted. Overall, he was 26-9 as a starter for Iowa, throwing for 25 touchdowns and six interceptions.

The Stamps released Nick Arbuckle in a coinciding move. They also signed running backs Jacobi Green and Terry Williams. Green had tried out with the Green Bay Packers and Carolina Panthers last season, but couldn’t make the final cuts. He had a fairly productive college career, piling up 28 touchdowns and 2,969 rushing yards in his time at the University of Richmond.

CFL rookie camps will begin on May 24th with regular training camps starting just four days later.

Click here to bet on the CFL football futures for the 2017 season right now. DSI will have futures as well as all of the weekly lines, totals and props once the season gets underway!

Monday, May 22, 2017

THE MONDAY MORNING GOALIE


I HATE THE OFF-SEASON!

1 - THE COUNTDOWN IS ON: Seven days until the start of 2017 Saskatchewan Roughriders Training Camp Presented by Coors Light at Griffiths Stadium in Saskatoon. Sure, the winter vacations are nice and so is the extra time to myself in the mornings but enough's enough!

My bread and butter is the Saskatchewan Roughriders and in less than a week's time, the chase begins again.

Until then, I'm sitting here twiddling my thumbs waiting to head north to the Bridge City. In the meantime, we're planning podcasts, livestreams, etc for the season.

2 - OTHER RIDER NOTES: We'll have 21 monotonous days to pick apart the positional battles and who's ahead of whom at training camp. Until then, there are a lot of other things related to the Riders that we can pass on. For one, former Roughrider receiver Rob Bresciani has been voted in as the President of the Saskatchewan Roughriders Alumni Association. The former Roughrider and Stampeder receiver succeeds Terry Bulych.

Vice Presidents are Greg Fieger, Belton Johnson and Rob Pyne. The Rider Alumni is holding a golf tournament in Saskatoon in June and the SportsCage will be broadcasting live from the event. Contact your local Rider alumni for details or to enter a team.

3 - RIDER FAMILY LOSES ANOTHER: 92-year old Rider fan Paul Ronald Hebert passed away last week in Regina. Ron worked at the Co-op Refinery for 45 years and was a Roughrider season ticket holder for 67 years.  SIXTY-SEVEN YEARS!  He also enjoyed lawn bowling and playing bridge. Mr. Hebert's Funeral Mass was held on Wednesday.

There's a man who truly saw it all when it comes to the Green & White. This franchise has been through FARRRRR worse times than it's currently in and Ron Hebert saw it all. (And still bought his season tickets).

4 - GREEN IS THE COLOUR: In 2017 the Saskatchewan Roughriders Pep Band is celebrating 25 years. (I could've sworn they've been around longer). Anyway, the Pep Band is having a celebration on July 7 at the Eagles Club and it should be a raucous affair. The band has had 257 members over its 25 years! For tickets, email riderpepband@accesscomm.ca.  The Pep Band will also be honoured by the Riders at halftime of the July 8 game.

5 - WHAT ABOUT ANDY?: On Thursday the Hamilton Tiger-Cats announced they've hired Andy Fantuz to a front office position entitled "Player Development". That all seemed cool except for the fact the Ticats and Fantuz expect to see him back on the field once his injured knee is healed. Until then, his salary from the front office won't go towards the team's salary cap.

This has fans and other teams crying afoul and it was the hottest topic in the CFL late last week. However to me, it needn't be. Even if Fantuz was on the 6-game Injured List, his salary would've been exempt from the cap.

This way, he can now legally practice with the Ticats as a "staff member" but he would've been barred from practicing with the club while on the Injured List.

CKRM football analyst Luc Mullinder called the move by the Ticats, "Genuis!"

Others in the CFL are saying, "What's from stopping us from hiring 30 player development coordinators rather than stashing players on the Injured List?"

Go ahead and try it. The Ticats only did it with one player, and he's a future Hall of Famer.

And as CFL's Senior V.P. of Football Glen Johnson said on Friday's SportsCage, "Everything the Ticats did here is legal. No rules have been broken. And, they've taken care of a player who's been a big name is this league and served the CFL well."

Case closed.

6 - ROASTED TBIRDS: The Windsor Spitfires tied a Memorial Cup record by scoring three goals in 38 seconds in a 7-1 romp over the Seattle Thunderbirds on Sunday. My only question for Seattle is, "How does it feel?"

The TBirds had a penchant for doing the exact same thing to the Regina Pats in the WHL Finals.

And because of Windsor's performance - and Seattle's loss to the Erie Otters on Saturday - I have a tough time believing the Regina Pats would've put up any more fight than the Thunderbirds have at the 2017 Memorial Cup.

One more loss in Windsor, and the Thunderbirds can go home.

It tells me the Regina Pats need to be much more fortified as the host team for the 2018 Memorial Cup.

7 - PLAY IT AGAIN SAM: 18-year old forward Sam Steel has joined the Anaheim Ducks for the rest of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. I'm told there's an outside chance that the Pats phenom may actually dress for one of these playoff games however, for now, he's simply traveling with the club and watching from the press box. He's likely practicing with him too.

What an experience for Sam!

8 - THE WONG MAN FOR THE JOB: Congratulations to former Lethbridge Hurricanes captain Tyler Wong for signing a contract with the AHL's Chicago Wolves last week. Nobody deserves it more than him! If you noticed during the Pats-Hurricanes second round WHL series, Wong was the smallest player on the ice but he worked the hardest and had the most heart.

What a lesson for any player who's been told he or she is too small. Wong may end up in the NHL one day.

9 - FACEBOOK POLL: I love these Facebook polls that are going around like: 9 concerts I've seen and 1 lie, or the latest, My Favourite Player In Each Sport.  Here are mine:

NFL - Troy Aikman
CFL - Jeff Fairholm
NHL - Mike Modano
NBA - Dan Majerle
MLB - Roberto Alomar
Boxing - Mike Tyson
Wrestler - "Mr. Wonderful" Paul Orndorff
Golf - John Daly
Skiing - Steve Podborski
Olympics - Bruce Jenner
Motorsports - Ricky Bobby

What are yours?

Bill Burr or CFL blogger Kelly Bale?
10 - BURR UNDER THE SADDLE: One of my biggest pet peeves is people who say there's nothing to do in Regina. On Saturday night, comedian Bill Burr thrilled the audience of two shows at the Conexus Art Centre. For those who don't know, Burr was just named the 17th top comic on Rolling Stone's list of the Top 50 Comedians of all-time!

His one hour set was raunchy, but obviously very funny. I'm not sure it would rate him 17th all-time however I'm no stand-up expert.

All in all, it was a great way to spend a Saturday evening.

Tickets were reasonably priced but the theatre was only half full. There's world class entertainment coming through the Queen City but a lot of people don't want to take the time to enjoy it or even search it out.

Too bad. Their loss!

ENJOY THE REST OF YOUR WEEKEND
RP
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