Hamilton receiver Simon Charbonneau-Campeau is off to the Stampeders.Player-for-player trades aren't all that common in the CFL, but the one made Monday looks like a deal that could potentially be a good fit for both teams. The Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Calgary Stampeders have elected to trade Canadian receivers, with Calgary sending Spencer Armstrong east in exchange for Simon Charbonneau-Campeau. Both players have promising talent, but didn't appear to be seen as major pieces with their current teams. Thus, this is a trade where neither side's giving up someone they viewed as critically important to their future, and both are betting that the player they're bringing in might benefit from a change of scenery. It's a relatively low-risk gamble for both, and one that could pay off.
Charbonneau-Campeau is the much more experienced of the pair, as he's played in 27 games with the Tiger-Cats over the last two seasons. However, he hasn't made much of an impact for them on the stat sheet, starting just two games and only recording nine catches for 115 yards. (Five of those catches came in one game this year, July 7 against Edmonton.) That's not necessarily a reflection on Charbonneau-Campeau, considering how deep the Hamilton receiving corps was (and how many top Canadians they had), but it does mean he isn't really a proven pass-catcher at the CFL level. However, he had a terrific CIS career, catching 138 passes for 2,477 receiving yards with the Sherbrooke Vert et Or (both school records), and Hamilton chose him in the fourth round of the 2012 CFL Draft (25th overall). At 6'4'' and 195 pounds, he's a big body, and he might fit in well with the Stampeders' offence. He's also only 25, so he could have plenty of years left.Read More »from Stamps grab Charbonneau-Campeau, Ticats take Armstrong in Canadian receiver exchange