Chris Cvetkovic can breathe a little easier now.
The veteran Winnipeg Blue Bombers long snapper was forced to sit out the entire 2010 CFL season with a knee injury, watching his replacement, Taylor Inglis, doing a superb job in his place.
But the Bombers dealt Inglis back to the Edmonton Eskimos for two late-round draft picks in 2011 Thursday. For that matter, Inglis is breathing easier, too, because he never wanted to leave Edmonton in the first place.
“I was very excited to hear that there had been some thought process for a long time in me coming back and with the news that it’s now happened I’m very excited,” Inglis told the Edmonton Journal on Thursday.
Inglis, who was bitter after the Eskies cut him in June, left his family behind when the Bombers signed him last July.
He returns to his native city to a team now being guided by a different GM (Eric Tillman) and head coach (Kavis Reed, who was a Bomber assistant last year).
The deal had been in the works since January.
“I’m really looking forward to putting on the green and gold and maintaining my career on and off the field,” said Inglis, who sells commercial real estate in Edmonton.
The Bombers will get a fifth and sixth-round pick in the draft from Edmonton. Winnipeg had originally traded that fifth-round choice to the Eskimos for the rights to import offensive lineman Kelly Butler.
“Being able to secure two more draft picks in the 2011 draft is a key for us,” Bombers GM Joe Mack said in a release. “We have maintained the notion that young Canadian talent is crucial to success, and this will help us with that process.”
Edmonton also released former Bomber import defensive end Kai Ellis, but don’t expect Mack to show much interest.
RETURN OF RYPIEN?: Rick Rypien could be making his much-anticipated Moose season debut when Manitoba plays host to the Texas Stars on Friday night.
The Vancouver Canucks recalled forward Victor Oreskovich on Thursday, creating an opening in the Moose lineup. Rypien left the Canucks four months ago to deal with a personal issue, but returned 10 days ago and was assigned to the Moose.
“I feel better than I ever have as a person, so I want to be that player that I think I can be and I don’t think anything’s holding me back now,” Rypien said. “I’m obviously going to be giddy. I’m going to be like a little kid out there.”
Oreskovich was recalled after Manny Malhotra suffered an eye injury in Wednesday night’s win over Colorado.
FISH REEL IN BASS: The Winnipeg Goldeyes have signed outfielder Justin Bass, the American Association club announced. Bass, 25, played three seasons in the Florida Marlins system, hitting .240 with 19 home runs and 50 RBI in 103 Single A games (Greensboro) last season.
“He’s intriguing to me as a guy that can play all three outfield positions,” Goldeyes manager Rick Forney said in a release. “He’s a better than average runner and he can play first base.”
The Fish also acquired the rights to right-handed pitcher T.J. Macy from the North American League’s Maui Strong Warriors and signed him to a contract.
Macy, 24, had a 2.45 ERA last year with Maui and a 1-3 record with four saves in 30 appearances out of the bullpen.
“Macy is a young right-hander that enjoyed a breakout season last year,” Forney said. “He’s a one-inning pitcher that has swing and miss potential.”
PLAYOFF DRAMA: The MJHL just finished two of its most dramatic quarter final playoff rounds in history. The defending champion Dauphin Kings survived a hard-fought battle with the OCN Blizzard, winning the seventh game 2-1 in overtime. It was the fourth OT game of the series. The Kings now move on to the semifinal where they will challenge the Portage Terriers in a seven-game series that starts in Portage on Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Likewise, the Winkler Flyers emerged victorious in a quarterfinal with the Waywayseecappo Wolverines where five games were settled by one goal, four of them in OT. Winkler will play host to the Selkirk Steelers in the first of a seven-game series on Friday at 7:30 p.m.
WHEATIES DUCATS: Tickets for the Brandon Wheat Kings’ playoff games being held in Winnipeg will go on sale on Monday, March 21. Tickets will be $22 for adults and $14 for youths aged 17 and under. The WHL playoff games to be held at the MTS Centre will be played March 28 and 31. Brandon’s opponent has yet to be determined.
WORLDS WARMUP: Both the national China and U.S. men’s teams are competing in the MCT’s SuperSpiel in Morris as a warmup to the world championship being held in Regina early next month.
Other notables in Morris include Alberta’s former world champion Kevin Koe, Manitoba’s Mike McEwen and Saskatchewan’s Pat Simmons. On the women’s side, Manitoba’s Jennifer Jones and Chelsea Carey will be among those tuning up for next month’s Players’ Championships.
— With files from Kirk Penton