WINNIPEG -- Wes Lysack was never one to pull punches.
And he's planning on landing some haymakers tonight.
Most players, regardless of the sport, will say all the right things when facing a former team for the first time.
Lysack, traded to Winnipeg by the Calgary Stampeders last month, couldn't be bothered to come up with a few platitudes.
He feels angry, betrayed and he doesn't care who knows it.
"Absolutely," Lysack said when asked if he was looking forward to lining up against his old 'mates tonight at Canad Inns Stadium (6:30 p.m., TSN).
"People have asked if this game is just for pride. Every game I play is for pride, that's what I do, I'm a pro. But on top of that, it's a date I had circled. I want to come out and put a little salt in the wound, make them feel like they shouldn't have traded me."
The 26-year-old sophomore said he was floored when he was told he was part of the five-player deal that also had fullback Scott Regimbald and defensive lineman Joe Fleming cleaning out their McMahon Stadium lockers.
Despite the club's poor record over his two seasons with the Red and White, he said he wasn't eager to leave the Stampede City.
"I liked Calgary a ton," he said. "It had nothing to do with coming to Winnipeg. I love it here, this is where I'm from. But leaving Calgary, it was a bittersweet trade for me. I wasn't happy with how it all went down.
"That's the business side of it but tomorrow night I'm going to make a big effort to make them regret that move."
Lysack quickly earned a reputation as one of the hardest-hitting safeties in the game.
Tonight, he hopes to show the Calgary receiving corps exactly what they've been fortunate enough to avoid this season.
"Anybody in a red jersey. Anybody who's got a horse on the side of their helmet, that's my target.
"Those guys know me well, most of them are good friends of mine but they know I like to bring the (thunder). They know I'm not going to hold back on them so I'm going to bring it."
As reporters scribbled furiously in an attempt to keep up with the tirade, Lysack continued to throw gas on the fire.
"I want to come out and beat 'em up, beat 'em up bad.
"It will be Game 1 of many against the Stampeders where people will be talking about the trade and regretting it back in Calgary. There's an unbelievable fan base in Calgary that I loved playing for. I want those fans to continually be saying 'man, why did we trade Wes Lysack away?' "
With Regimbald and Fleming set to become free agents, many have looked at the blockbuster deal as a Lysack-for-Khari-Jones swap.
"I don't know if that's the case or not," said Lysack, who had a pair of interceptions off Jones in the Stamps' 49-27 victory in August. "As far as playing Khari, he's a talented player you have to prepare for.
"Sometimes he doesn't play his best but you have to prepare for his best because you never know what you're going to get with him."
Not everyone in the Lysack family is as miffed with the trade as the University of Manitoba product. His parents couldn't be happier to have their son back home.
"They're ecstatic," Lysack said. "My dad is my biggest fan. He followed me all over. If I was playing Jersey, he followed me out there to see me play.
"When I got to the CFL, he'd go to games in Saskatchewan, Ottawa, Calgary. Now he doesn't have to do all that."