Stamps send pair packing

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:00 AM ET

On a busy trading day in the CFL, the Calgary Stampeders used their depth for future Canadian draft picks.

In a pair of trades with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers yesterday, Stamps GM/head coach John Hufnagel picked up a conditional second-round selection in 2011 and a sixth-round choice in 2012.

The Stamps sent import defensive back Lenny Walls to Winnipeg for the second-rounder, while also shipping Canadian linebacker Neil Ternovatsky to the Bombers for the sixth-rounder.

The Bombers were big players yesterday. They sent former Stampeders defensive back Kelly Malveaux to Edmonton for defensive end Fred Perry.

The Eskimos also dealt rookie quarterback Juan Joseph to the Saskatchewan Roughriders for rush end Kitwana Jones.

Walls was a starting halfback for the Stamps before suffering an ankle sprain and missing the final portion of the season, including the playoffs.

"Lenny played in four games and was definitely a part of our success, but contractual issues fuelled this trade," said Hufnagel in a statement.

"We wish Lenny the very best with his new team."

Ternovatsky played two seasons with the Stamps and contributed on special teams.

He started the playoff game in 2007 at middle linebacker, but the Stamps are deep with Canadian talent and can afford to lose the University of Alberta product.

Ternovatsky played 16 games over two seasons with Calgary after making the team as an undrafted free agent.

"With the acquisition of two linebackers through the Canadian draft who are coming to camp (Tristan Black and Osie Ukwuoma), we felt Neil would have been on the bubble to make our team," said Hufnagel.

"We're excited he'll have an opportunity to compete for a job in Winnipeg's training camp."

The Stamps also signed four free-agent import receivers yesterday, with the most notable name being Vince Marshall.

Marshall played five games for the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 2008 and accumulated 372 all-purpose yards.

He also played three games in 2007.

The other newcomers are Titus Ryan, Jermain Jackson and Johnny Thomas.

Ryan spent time during the 2008 season on the Carolina Panthers practice squad.

All of these players will be in tough to crack the Stamps' receiving corps, which will return all four starters from a year ago.

"The success of our current group of receivers is well-documented. The core has been together for several years and their production speaks for itself," said Hufnagel.

"But as a football team, you're always trying to improve in every area and this new group of receivers will create good competition at camp."

IAN.BUSBY@SUNMEDIA.CA


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