It's been almost three years, but Wes Lysack sounds like a man who hasn't quite gotten over being traded away from his hometown team.
Speaking yesterday about regaining the Calgary Stampeders' starting safety gig after missing two games with an injury, the Winnipeg product used the opportunity to take a shot at the Blue Bombers for how they do business.
Lysack was the starting safety in Winnipeg when the Bombers traded him to the Stamps for import defensive back Anthony Malbrough in October 2005.
Lysack didn't get to start when he arrived in Calgary, even though he had manned the position in his first stint with the club. He finally got the job back this year after the old Stampeders regime, including coach Tom Higgins, was let go last off-season.
"They didn't value Canadian content as much as they should, which is probably a little bit of the problem that Winnipeg has, to tell you the truth," Lysack said. "From my time there, I can say they do a lot of good things and it's a great organization, but ... they didn't exactly respect Canadian talent as much as they should have."
When asked to specify which members of the Blue Bombers organization didn't respect Canadian talent, Lysack said he wasn't certain.
"If I knew, then I'd be able to answer you, but I don't know," he said.
"I felt like it was the general consensus around the organization ... They were trading away draft picks all the time. I was from there. I was there. I was a starting Canadian for them, and they traded me away for an American.
"You look at the most successful coaches in the league, the Don Matthews types, the Wally Buono types. They've built their entire team around Canadian content.
"It's a formula for success."