Stamps trade Renaud, stick with Dales

Stampeders' Burke Dales tries to break free of the Lions' Barron Miles during a game at McMahon...

Stampeders' Burke Dales tries to break free of the Lions' Barron Miles during a game at McMahon Stadium in November 2008. (Lyle Aspinall/Calgary Sun/SUN MEDIA)

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:26 AM ET

The backup is gone, Burke Dales is concentrating on punting and Sandro DeAngelis is once again splitting the uprights.

"All's as it should be," Dales said after the Calgary Stampeders traded Mike Renaud to Winnipeg for a sixth-round draft pick yesterday.

"(Sandro and I) feed off one another. We should be able to take the confidence of winning the Grey Cup and take it into this season."

For the first week of training camp, Dales replaced DeAngelis for field goals as the Grey Cup's top Canadian nursed an ankle injury.

Dales tried bringing back old-school toe-kicking but didn't have much success.

It was an off-season situation that caused the Stamps to bring two punters to training camp. When Dales went to free-agency without a deal in Calgary, the Stamps signed his former Concordia teammate Renaud.

About a month later -- despite an erroneous report the Bombers signed Dales -- the four-year veteran inked a deal with the Stamps.

Renaud and Dales took turns doing the punting in training camp, but it was only a matter of time until the Stamps tried getting some value from one of them on the trade market.

It happened when DeAngelis returned to yesterday morning's practice healthy.

"If I didn't have Burke, then I was glad Mike was here," said Stamps GM/head coach John Hufnagel. "He wasn't going to beat out Burke, so I'm glad we could give him another opportunity."

Renaud had a long conversation with Dales before heading to Winnipeg last night to join the Bombers today.

"He's given me some reassurance to keep doing what I've been doing here," Renaud said.

"It's a better fit for me going to Winnipeg. I understand the situation and I'm looking forward to the opportunity.

"I appreciate everything the (Stamps) have done for me. This is the start of my football career and I will always remember it started in Calgary."

The Bombers have import kicker Alexis Serna trying to defend his job against comeback artist Dan Giancola but Renaud will be their punter.

The Stamps have no issue at placekicker with DeAngelis back. He went 7-for-7 in yesterday's scrimmage, including a couple of long bombs.

"Sandro was pretty consistent out there and that was good to see," Hufnagel said. "He said he has more distance on his kickoffs from training this winter and that seems to be the case.

"The last kick to win the game for the offensive team was a 47-yarder to win the game. It had room to spare."


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