Lysack's back with Stamps

DAN TOTH -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:27 AM ET

The Stampeders have re-acquired hard-nosed safety Wes Lysack from the struggling Winnipeg Blue Bombers in exchange for import halfback Anthony Malbrough.

Lysack, a Stampeders draft pick in 2003, was shipped to the 'Peg last fall as part of a five-player trade for QB Khari Jones.

"It's tough leaving this team because we've been fighting the entire season -- same as a year ago (in Calgary) and I always put my heart into the organization," Lysack said in a phone interview from Winnipeg where the 4-10 Bombers are destined to miss the playoffs. "Going back to Calgary is exciting because I had a great time there and loved playing there. Now it's a team in the playoff hunt."

Lysack is expected to add Canadian depth on defence while also playing special teams, said head coach Tom Higgins.

"He'll help us with our Canadian content," said Higgins, insisting current import safety Trey Young's job is secure.

"We're not moving Trey Young. Trey has played well. Wes will play all special teams, will get reacquainted with the defence making him a very good backup if he should get called into duty because of injury. We think he can play linebacker, halfback or safety but we're going to bring him in to help us with depth."

Lysack said he just wants to pitch in wherever he can.

Malbrough, 28, a high-profile free-agent signing in the off-season, missed the last five games with a hamstring injury but is almost ready to return.

Malbrough had two interceptions this season along with 19 defensive tackles but had become expendable with the emergence of newcomers Shane Walton and Ben Kelly at halfback.

Lysack is a free agent after this season but has a close relationship with GM Jim Barker, who traded for his rights in '03 and should be able to re-sign the Winnipeger.

Higgins is excited about Lysack's addition.

"He's tough and you need those intangibles -- tough players who know the Canadian football game," Higgins said.

Lysack, 27, is fourth in the CFL with 71 defensive tackles. The 6-ft. 1-in., 200-pounder also recorded four knockdowns, one interception and one fumble recovery. Last season, he was named to the West all-star team.

Lysack's return is just another chapter in what will be remembered as one of the strangest trades in CFL history. Although then-Stampeders GM Matt Dunigan sent DL Joe Fleming, RB Scott Regimbald and Lysack to Winnipeg to acquire Jones and RB Randy Bowles, both were released by the new regime this season leaving Calgary nothing to show for the trade. A league source said recently all three players sent to Winnipeg by the Dunigan regime had been offered to the Stamps in various trade talks.


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