Bruce traded to Ticats

Slotback Arland Bruce is heading to Hamilton following a trade by the Argos on Wednesday. (Sun...

Slotback Arland Bruce is heading to Hamilton following a trade by the Argos on Wednesday. (Sun Media/Marcel Cretain)

TERRY KOSHAN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:38 AM ET

The Argonauts have traded slotback Arland Bruce to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats for a third-round draft pick in 2010, a conditional pick in 2011 and the rights to non-import defensive lineman Corey Mace.

"We would like to thank Arland for his contributions on the field over the years and wish him well," Argos general manager Adam Rita said in a statement. "We believe we received the best value we could get for Arland given the circumstances."

Ticats GM Bob O'Billovich is not worried about Bruce's reputation for being someone who has, at times, put himself ahead of the team.

"We are certain that in the environment (head coach) Marcel Bellefeuille has created around our team this season, Arland will be a respected teammate in our locker room," O'Billovich said. "He's a proven veteran who will fit in well with our young receiving corps."

The Argos' next game against Hamilton is on Sept. 7 in Steeltown, followed by a rematch in Toronto on Sept. 11.

Bruce was suspended last week by Argos head coach Bart Andrus for a number of transgressions that Andrus deemed unprofessional. Bruce then popped off publicly about the suspension, which enraged Andrus. Without Bruce, the Argos beat the Winnipeg Blue Bombers 19-5.

Bruce told Sun Media late Tuesday afternoon that he couldn't "see myself playing for another team" but he appears to have had a change of heart.

Bruce met with Ticats staff on Tuesday night.

Mace has spent the past two years with the Buffalo Bills but could not come to terms with Hamilton.

Bruce, 31, has surpassed the 1,200-yard receiving mark with Toronto three of the past four years but had been fined four times by the club this season for missing meetings and misplacing his playbook.

Bruce fully expected to rejoin his teammates Tuesday when Toronto began its preparations for Saturday's rematch with Winnipeg, but was told by Argos officials to stay away while the club decided his future.

Bruce has also got into trouble with the CFL.

Three years ago he was fined by the league following a playoff game for stating on-field officials were racist. Last year he was also fined for donning a Spider-Man mask during a touchdown celebration.

The CFL fined Bruce again this season for removing his helmet and shoulder pads and lying down in the end zone in tribute to Michael Jackson after scoring a TD.

-- with files from the Canadian Press


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