Monthly Archives: January 2016

Top 10 Tuesday: Backing The Riders Cuts!

Another Tuesday is here! AND as always here are my random thoughts from the world of sports in no particular order.

10 – Riders release John Chick/Weston Dressler: This is the ugly side of the game of football. Two fan favorites that perhaps didn’t fit into the new scheme of the new Rider regime are shown the door. In defence of Head Coach and General Manager Chris Jones on paper it was a move that really had to be made. Through Dressler, Chick and Darian Durant that would tie up a reported $1-million of the team’s $5-million salary cap. (20% of the cap being spent on 4.76% of the player roster) That doesn’t add up.

9 – On the other hand you have to feel for the vets as they were not the ones that made the contract offer. They signed the deal in good faith to stay in Riderville. This what they call the business of football and to be truthful I don’t agree with it! Contracts in my mind should be gaurunteed in the CFL similar to how they are in the NHL. This holds management accountable for their decisions and gives the athletes who are trying to provide for their families some security. Keep in mind a CFL salary isn’t in the millions it’s in the thousands.

Rams Bucked By Gibson

The University of Regina Rams announced Sunday afternoon that Mike Gibson has resigned as head coach, effective January 31.

Gibson has accepted a position as the offensive line coach and run game coordinator for the Edmonton Eskimos.

“In his short time with the organization, Coach Gibson had a positive impact on our program in the areas of player recruitment, academic excellence, and strengthening the partnership with the University,” Rams president Dan Johnston said. “We thank Mike for his hard work and wish him and his family the best in the future.”

Gibson returns to the Canadian Football League after one season as the head coach of the Rams. Edmonton will be his sixth CFL stop, as he’s also held positions with Winnipeg, Saskatchewan, Hamilton, Calgary, and Ottawa.

“I’m incredibly disappointed to see Mike go, but this is a wonderful opportunity for him and his family,” said Curtis Atkinson, acting athletics director for the U of R. “I have great respect for the job he’s done here in a short period of time and believe he had a profound impact on our student-athletes and the institution. Mike has an outstanding work ethic, passion for the game, and he does things the right way. He’ll be missed.”

WOW! Rider Make-Over Continues Dressler – Chick Cut

The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced today international defensive end John Chick and international receiver Weston Dressler have been released by the team.

“Decisions like these are never easy but we felt it was necessary in order for us to move forward and better position ourselves as a football team,” stated Roughriders vice president of football operations, general manager and head coach, Chris Jones. “We spoke with each player and their respective agents at length in an attempt to negotiate more cap friendly contracts but unfortunately could not reach satisfactory agreements.”

Chick spent six seasons with the Riders after originally joining the team in 2007. After winning the CFL’s Most Outstanding Defensive Player in 2009, Chick embarked on a three year NFL career. He returned to the Green and White in 2013 where he spent the next three seasons. Chick ranks fourth in Riders all-time quarterback sacks with 53. He is a two-time Grey Cup champion having won in 2007 and 2013.

Dressler joined the Riders in 2008 and went on to win the CFL’s Most Outstanding Rookie award. Through eight seasons Dressler surpassed the 1,000 yard receiving mark five times. He sits third in Riders all-time receiving yards with 7,797 and fifth in all-time receiving touchdowns with 50. He won his first career Grey Cup in 2013.

Three Huskies Headed South

A trio of University of Saskatchewan Huskie football players will suit up for the under-19 national team in the 2016 International Bowl Series against the U.S. national team.

Payton Hall, Eric Thakurdeen and Ben Whiting will all don the red and white on January 31 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Joining the three Huskie players will be Saskatchewan special teams coach Brian Guebert. Guebert is the special teams coordinator and defensive line coach of the Junior National Team coaching staff that will lead the team in Arlington.

2016 Huskie commit Nathan Cherry

Top Ten Tuesday: WHL Deadline, What A Rush And A Blush In Finland?

Happy New Year and welcome to 2016 here at Toon-Town Sportsnet!
It’s a busy time of year as the January 10th hockey deadline for making moves is fast approaching. However, the Saskatoon Blades did get a jump on the action yesterday.

Also a first chance to take a look at Canada’s performance at the World Juniors, AND Saskatoon’s newest professional franchise came roaring out of the gates on the weekend.

That and more here on today’s Top Ten list, in no particular order.

10 – To buy or not to buy that is the question? With next Sunday’s trade deadline fast approaching that is the question on a number of WHL fan’s minds. The Saskatoon Blades answered that question quite clearly with a pair of deals yesterday involving a pair of second round draft picks, this despite being four points out of a play-off spot. With that being said the Toronto Blue Jays were out of the post-season standings when they made a couple of flashy deals that propelled them into the play-offs.

Blades Are Buyers Heading Into WHL Deadline

With the WHL trade deadline less than a week away the Saskatoon Blades made a pair of moves on Monday to remake their blue line.

Head Coach and General Manager, Bob Woods, announced today that the Blades have acquired 1997-born defenceman Dustin Perillat from the Moose Jaw Warriors in exchange for a conditional 2nd round pick in the 2017 WHL Bantam Draft, a 5th round pick (Swift Current’s) in the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft, and the rights to defenceman Dean Stewart.

Perillat, a Saskatoon native, has missed the majority of the season due to a broken jaw but is currently skating and nearing a return to game action. In 58 games with the Warriors last season, Perillat recorded 8 goals and 20 assists.

“We are very excited to be bringing in Dustin who is a very solid, puck moving defenceman,” said Woods. “A 1997 born defenceman was a spot we were looking to fill, and being a local player is an added bonus for us.”

Perillat will join the team today and will practice with the team this week. We are happy to welcome Dustin and his family to the Blades.

Meanwhile, Head Coach and General Manager Bob Woods announced today that the Blades have acquired 1995-born defenceman Colton Waltz, and 1997-born forward Braylon Shmyr in exchange for Schael Higson, Mitch Wheaton, and a 2nd round pick in 2017.