TORONTO — It may be the off-season, but the buzz around the league has done anything but turn off.
General managers and coaches headed to Blue Mountain this week to take part in the annual winter meetings and shared news about their respective teams.
There could be a new starter in Ottawa if the REDBLACKS can lock in Nick Arbuckle after trading for the pivot’s rights last week.
Plus, Montreal has new owners and a number of star players have been released to pursue opportunities south of the border.
The latest news and notes from the off-season in this week’s Checking Down:
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– Head coach Rick Campbell announced his coaching staff for the 2020 season on Monday (CFL.ca).
– After Edmonton Eskimos general manager Brock Sunderland was able to get Milanovich to become the team’s head coach, the pair is moving forward with the goal of leading the squad to a Grey Cup (Chris O’Leary, CFL.ca).
– In roster news, the Esks have extended the contract of American running back Shaq Cooper through the 2020 season (CFL.ca).
– In roster news, the Stampeders signed American running back Ka’Deem Carey to a contract extension that will keep him with the red and black through the 2021 season (CFL.ca).
– Receiver Reggie Begelton was also released for an opportunity in the National Football League (CFL.ca).
– QB Bo Levi Mitchell has undergone a procedure to remove a cyst from his shoulder (TSN.ca).
WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS
– The Bombers signed five players to contracts, including a pair of American receivers, on Monday (CFL.ca).
– Head coach Mike O’Shea knew he’d found a home in Winnipeg long before the end of the Grey Cup drought (Ted Wyman, Winnipeg Sun).
– The Ticats may have two potential starting quarterbacks on their roster, but as CFL.ca’s Pat Steinberg writes, it’s hardly a concern (Pat Steinberg, CFL.ca).
– With Nick Arbuckle possibly being off the board heading into free agency, the Toronto Argonauts are still figuring out who they want to lead their offence in 2020 (CFL.ca).
– The Ottawa REDBLACKS acquired pending free agent QB Nick Arbuckle from the Stampeders in exchange for a third round draft pick last week (CFL.ca).
– As the REDBLACKS try to sign Arbuckle to a contract, TSN’s Henry Burris says that there is no doubt that he is a starting quarterback (TSN1200).
– The REDBLACKS are hoping to bring Arbuckle to Ottawa for a visit later this month (Tim Baines, Ottawa Sun).
– The new owners of the Montreal Alouettes, S and S Sportsco (a corporate entity owned by Sid Spiegel and Gary Stern), were announced on Monday (CFL.ca).
– A dream was brought to life on Monday for the new owners of the Alouettes (Chris O’Leary, CFL.ca).
– Head coach Khari Jones says that new Als co-owner Stern is the ‘right person for the job’ (Herb Zurkowsky, Montreal Gazette)
– The CFL announced on Friday that Patrick Boivin is no longer the president and CEO of the Montreal Alouettes (CFL.ca).