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    GM John Hufnagel talks about how difficult it was to trade Charleston Hughes in the video below.

    https://www.stampeders.com/2018/02/0...-hughes-trade/

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    Calgary has signed 2017 sixth round DL Alexandre Gagnon who returned to Sherbrooke University after attending Stampeder TC last year.

    https://www.stampeders.com/2018/02/0...xandre-gagnon/

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    The Stampeders' chances of hosting another Grey Cup have been reduced but not eliminated by the state of McMahon Stadium.

    The state of McMahon Stadium doesn’t officially disqualify Calgary from hosting another Grey Cup, but it probably won’t help much, either.
    On Tuesday, CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie spoke with Calgary Stampeders season ticket holders at the local stop on a cross-country fan-engagement tour. Asked specifically whether the aging McMahon would prevent the city from hosting the CFL’s championship game, Ambrosie said the 57-year-old stadium would not disqualify Calgary. “I think, again, all the teams that are bidding on Grey Cups have to take into account what they have available to them and then make their bid based on those realities,” Ambrosie said. “The thing about Grey Cups is, obviously, the big game is the epicentre of the whole thing, but communities are building around that with great festival concepts. I think Calgary needs to have a new stadium. I would love to see that for so many reasons. This is one of Canada’s greatest cities, I would (encourage) everyone to get to the table and figure this out.”


    Calgary has hosted the Grey Cup four times, most recently in 2009, but with new stadiums popping up in Winnipeg, Regina and Toronto in recent years – while Ottawa’s TD Place stadium got major renovations – it might be a while before the big game comes back.
    McMahon Stadium is by no means dilapidated, but it lacks the modern amenities that most other CFL facilities now boast.
    Another piece that might be missing from any Calgary Grey Cup bid is an indoor practice facility, something that has become almost essential to hosting the event. ...

    It’s hard to imagine the CFL asking teams to prepare for the league’s showcase game in the sort of weather conditions that often hit Calgary in late November.


    “I’m not sure (an indoor practice facility) is a requirement, but these are things that are all going into the bid packages,” Ambrosie said. “They’re part of that broader story of how do you make for a great Grey Cup experience not just for the fans but for the teams themselves.
    http://calgarysun.com/sports/footbal...other-grey-cup

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    https://www.cfl.ca/2018/02/09/stamps...quay-mcdaniel/

    Saw this one coming a mile away, considering Marquay's age, production, and salary.

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    Calgary has also told Jerome Messam to test free agency, feeling that at 32 Messam is likely winding down and not wanting to pay out a large contract to him, especially when last year's backup, the much cheaper and younger Terry Williams, looked so good in producing a 8.9 yard rushing average, admittedly in limited action.This does not mean however that the Stampeders would not resign Messam if other teams are not willing to bid high to sign him.

    http://calgarysun.com/sports/footbal...ut-free-agency

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    2017 eighth round draft choice WR Richard Sindani has signed with Calgary. He attended TC last year and had a couple of catches in preseason games.

    https://www.stampeders.com/2018/02/0...chard-sindani/

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    With the retirements of Josh Bell and Rob Cote, the trade of Charleston Hughes, and the release of Jerome Messam and Marquay McDaniel, the Stampeders are clearly undergoing a youth movement. Not including other players who have yet to resign and could go elsewhere in free agency, Calgary now has only five players who are 30 or older on their roster.

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    Getting rid of many of their older stars has now enabled the Stampeders to have the money to resign the CFL 2016 Most Outstanding Rookie, Davaris Daniels who is 25, and arguably the best available National receiver, Anthony Parker, who is 28, on the eve of free agency.

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    Ese Mrabure discusses why he signed as a free agent with the Stampeders below.

    “Heading into free agency I got a lot of feedback from guys around the league, and even before, to be honest,’’ said Mrabure. “And any time I’ve talked to someone about Calgary or somebody came from Calgary to either B.C. or the Riders, I heard absolutely nothing but amazing things.
    “About the guys who play for the team. The people who take care of the team. The coaches. All-around, across the board, the organization is rich in family-oriented vibes.
    “On top of that, it’s a proven winning program.
    “Then just looking at the defensive line and the likes of Ja’Gared Davis and Micah Johnson, I felt like my athleticism mixed well with what they already do. It’s a perfect fit.”
    https://www.stampeders.com/2018/02/1...-sold-calgary/

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    Former Tiger Cat International free agent DB Emanuel Davis says signing with the Stampeders was a no-brainer.

    “It’s a winning culture, it’s a first-class culture,” said the international defensive back. “I’ve talked to a lot of guys that have been over in Calgary and they talk real highly about the program and the people in the program. They’re highly recommended through the league and I felt like it was a no-brainer for me.” ...
    “A fresh start is priceless,” said the native of Manteo, North Carolina. “You get rid of any baggage or any misconceptions or anything like that. A fresh start is a fresh start, I’m coming in to play football and make plays and just contribute to the team.”Davis has amassed 191 defensive tackles, 10 interceptions, six forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, four touchdowns and a sack in 61 regular-season games over five CFL seasons. ...
    “I’ve always watched those guys from afar,” said Davis, who joins a defensive backfield that features the likes of Jamar Wall, Brandon Smith, Shaquille Richardson and Ciante Evans. “(you steal) little techniques from those guys cause I know they’ve kind of had an older group, so those guys know the tricks of the trade. I’ve always watched them from afar and it’s going to be good to get on the field with those guys.”
    A two-time East Division all-star in 2015 and 2016, Davis was limited to six games last season due to injury, and is eager to show he belongs in one of the league’s best secondaries.
    “I think I can bring just that love for the game, just the hard work and blue-collar mentality — willing to do anything for a win,” said Davis. “I feel like my track record speaks for itself. I know the game, the CFL game, and I’ve been able to make plays in the past and I think I feel like I can bring that play-making ability, that hunger. I’m a team guy first so I feel like I can be a chameleon and blend in and do things to help the program a lot.”
    https://www.stampeders.com/2018/02/1...emanuel-davis/

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    GM John Hufnagel comments on the Stampeder signings and how the new players into the team. In the video he also says that he has a verbal commitment from another player. I think the player he is referring to is Derek Dennis who is reported to be returning to Calgary now. When asked about free agent Davaris Daniels returning to the Stampeders because he hasn't signed with anyone, Hufnagel said he was "all tapped out now", so it sounds like that won't happen.

    https://www.stampeders.com/2018/02/1...ents-16-02-18/

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    Derek Dennis in the interview below talks about how much he loved being back in Calgary, in the process saying even more between the lines about his time in Riderville.

    “It was an adjustment,’’ says Dennis, who Friday returned to the Stampeders fold after emigrating to Saskatchewan to join the rival Roughriders exactly a year and a day ago.
    “I’m not going to say I didn’t miss being in Calgary, around the people in that organization and the players in that locker-room. I did. I missed the atmosphere. We had fun moments in Sask, some good times, but it just didn’t feel the same.
    “I spent time with the Patriots and I always compare my two years in Calgary with my time in New England. You’ve got blue-chip guys in a set culture who come in every day and work hard, but they have fun, enjoy being around each other. Just a great environment to be a part of.” ...

    “Last year, I thought I’d make a decision for my family – my little boy (Kayson) is four-months old now – and make a little more money than I thought I could in Calgary.
    “Running after the money, I put myself in a bad situation. Now I’m back in a situation where I know people want me, care about me, and I’ll be successful.
    https://www.stampeders.com/2018/02/1...s-coming-home/

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