Buono sacks Heasman

DAN TOTH -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:37 AM ET

B.C. Lions GM Wally Buono has released David Heasman, a former Stampeders offensive lineman eager to re-sign in Calgary, although a return to the Red and White seems unlikely.

Heasman, 30, is a Calgary native who played four seasons with the Stampeders (2000-2003), lives here and has a full-time job with Enmax.

Buono said Heasman's desire to return to Alberta was a factor.

"We were notified in January that, if it was possible, he wanted to return to Calgary, or at least Alberta, so that throws up a red flag," Buono said. "We brought in some other o-linemen and tried to trade him but when he said he didn't want to come back out here, we weren't going to get much for him."

The Stamps, who intend to play an all-Canadian o-line in 2005, have 11 players under contract and emphasized the position in last month's college draft.

In addition to a veteran starting lineup, the Stampeders added depth by selecting Godfrey Ellis (Acadia), John Comiskey (Windsor) and Kyler Jukes (Regina).

The 6-ft. 5-in., 335-lb., Heasman has connections within the rebuilt Calgary organization, having played last season in Vancouver under current Stampeders offensive co-ordinator/o-line coach Steve Buratto. He was also drafted by Edmonton when new Stamps boss Tom Higgins was still with the Eskimos.

"You never say never but we like what we have coming into camp and we would like the young kids to have a chance," Higgins said.

"Now, if something were to fall apart where we don't like what we have or run into injury trouble, there's always a possibility."


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