Trade deadline looms nearer

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 8:12 AM ET

If the Edmonton Eskimos are going to pull a major trade to help spark a playoff drive, management doesn't have much time.

The CFL trade deadline has been moved one month forward this year, meaning deals must be done by 11:59 p.m. ET on Sept. 19.

"We did a survey from the league's point of view of the different (professional) leagues on how much of a percentage of the season is left when the trade deadline (happens) and we were the lowest as a percentage left," said Eskimo president Rick LeLacheur.

"So, we just moved it ... and we're compatible with all the other leagues."

There were just two weeks left in the season last year when the deadline arrived. This year teams still have six weeks remaining on the schedule.

Another small factor in the mid-September date is the fact the season started a week earlier this year.

Regardless, if last year's deadline had been moved forward a month, would the Esks have been able to pull off the Troy Davis-Dan Comiskey blockbuster deal with Hamilton?

That trade was engineered on Oct. 5, 2005.

It remains to be seen if the new deadline will mean more or fewer trades, but LeLacheur still believes it's very tough to get something done.

"It's just difficult to trade in the CFL," he remarked.


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