Thursday 24 June 2010

Carlson Cut

There should be roster moves aplenty today as the Cats have until 3:00PM to get down to the league-mandated 46 players on the active roster. Early this morning the Cats announced that they have released three players:
  • Zac Carlson (OL)
  • Yahia Dalloul (DL)
  • Stan van Sichem (DL)
Carlson was the basically the Tiger-Cats' 2010 first-round draft pick. The team picked him in the 2009 Supplemental Draft, which meant the Cats forfeited their 2010 first-round pick.

I think it would be easy to say that this was GM Bob O'Billovich's biggest blunder with the Tabbies. Pretty much everything Obie has done has been the right move. From signing DeAndra' Cobb at a free-agent camp, to trading for Arland Bruce, to signing Kevin Glenn and Dave Stala, Obie has hit a home run on pretty much every player-personnel move he's made. However, even the best make mistakes, and drafting Carlson seems to have been a mistake.

In other news, Reggie Fish has been re-signed. Fish looked good in the first pre-season game, especially in the return game, but he was injured in that game and the team parted ways with him. He's been brought back, which means he must be fully recovered from his injury. I imagine this moves makes my friend Richard very happy.


  1. Somehow, we'll survive. ;-)

    If the potential wasn't there at this point, it's probably a smart move. Though he will likely get picked up (Calgary, I say). The fact we have guys who other teams picked first means the Cats are hardly unique in making this type of move.

    And I expect to see a new O-line player or two added to the PR. Maybe even a new old face (Rempel?)

    First round picks are often a conundrum - some years many players go on to be productive, but in others the majority don't last long. Would have been nice to roll the dice in the 2010 draft, but we got to get a better look at Carlson over the past year+ and that's important in a position like the line where growth can take time and potential is not as obvious as at some other positions.

  2. I think my main problem with the Carlson move is that the team couldn't trade him. It would have been nice to get something, anything, for him. But, that's the she goes sometimes. At least we didn't trade him for a Punter.

    I agree that he's likely headed to Calgary. They need all the NI O-line help they can get.