It's no big deal

SCOTT ZERR -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 8:03 AM ET

Terry Vaughn had the look of a guy who wanted to be anywhere else in the world besides Edmonton.

He didn't seem bitter, being back in the city and playing against the Edmonton Eskimos who traded him to Montreal this spring. But Vaughn hardly came off excited about the opportunity. Disinterested, maybe.

The 11-year veteran receiver succinctly viewed tonight's contest at Commonwealth Stadium as just another road game. He wasn't concerned about the reception he'd get from the Eskimos crowd who once admired every catch he made and who voiced their displeasure when he was moved east.

"I'm in Montreal so I'm part of the enemy," said Vaughn yesterday. "Edmonton isn't the only place I've played. I've done this before and it's not a big deal to me really."

ACROSS THE STREET

From where Vaughn addressed the media inside the Westin Hotel, he couldn't help but look straight through a window and across the street to where a lounge bearing his name once was. That failed business venture, offered Vaughn, wasn't a major factor in him leaving.

Vaughn was asked where he wanted to go when Esks head coach Danny Maciocia made the decision.

"My toughest call as a head coach was my first one," said Maciocia. "The decision on Terry came down to dollars and cents. We had to sign Ed Hervey and we have a budget here as surprising as that seems.

"I thanked him for helping me get the opportunity to win my first Grey Cup and when I'm done as a coach I'm sure I'm going to look back and say that I coached a Hall of Famer."

Vaughn got the message. As much as he figured his illustrious career would come to an end as an Eskimo, that just wasn't in the cards.

"As an athlete, you've got to understand there's no loyalty in sports. I understand that and it doesn't bother me," said Vaughn.

"It was (Maciocia's) decision and he made it. He has to live with it. It doesn't bother me one way or the other.

"Really, I don't feel bad about it. It's part of football. I've been traded before, I've been released before. It gave me renewed enthusiasm.

"Complacency probably did set in a little bit but I've been ecstatic ever since the trade."

The Als were eager to latch onto Vaughn, who defines consistency in performance. A three-time all-star, Vaughn is on pace to extend his record of 10 straight seasons with 1,000-plus yards in receiving.

Vaughn, who had his knee scoped in the off-season, has given the Als more than leadership and experience.

"He had infections in both of his big toes and he told our training staff to do what they had to do to get him fixed up as soon as possible because we were counting on him to make plays," said Als head coach Don Matthews. "That kind of attitude is infectious. They removed both toe nails ... he healed quicker than we thought he would and he got himself back out there."

WHAT HE'S ALWAYS DONE

The injury prevented Vaughn from having a dynamic start with his new team.

After an 11-catch, 160-yard outing against Ottawa to kick things off, he's had four un-Vaughn-like showings including just a 16-yard effort against Toronto. He could well be back on track however coming off a seven-catch, 100-yard game in last week's loss to Calgary.

"I expect to go out there and have a big game," said Vaughn. "I expect that every week and that's what they pay me for. I'm going to go out there and make plays and do things that I've always done."


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