Toronto Sends Arland Bruce To Hamilton

Jonathan HamelinCorrespondent IJuly 29, 2009

Apparently enough is enough for the Toronto Argonauts when it comes to receiver Arland Bruce.

The Argos have sent the disgruntled wide receiver to the Hamilton Tiger Cats, in exchange for defensive lineman Corey Mace, a third round draft pick in 2010 and a conditional pick in 2011.

The move, which was not really a matter of "if" but "when", is sort of a suprising one. Bruce has been one of the main stars on Toronto's offensive for the last several seasons, most recently deveolping a great chemistry on the field with Kerry Joseph.

But, the wide receivers antics became too much for the Argonauts to handle. Bruce has been in a lot of hot water during his CFL tenure. Whether it was getting fined for a touchdown dance, missing team meetings or misplacing his playbook, Arland Bruce has not nessecarily been the best team player.

Attitude problems aside, the Tiger Cats are getting a prime time player in Arland Bruce. Bruce has nearly 7,000 receiving yards in his career and 59 touchdowns. Bruce has great hands, and can strech opposing defenses deep, something Hamilton has been greatly lacking.

Bruce also brings something to the table Hamilton really doesn't have, star power. Bruce should help push a Tiger Cats team that has already improved this season even higher.

When all is said and done, Hamilton picked up a hot commodity in the trade, and Toronto picked up an intriquing prospect and some draft picks.

Bruce's attitude problems were too much for coach Bart Andrus, who has stressed team discipline, to handle.

As for Arland Bruce, Toronto doesn't have to deal with him any longer, he's Hamilton's problem now. I guess we'll see if that's a good thing or bad thing.