Tom Canada Traded to Steeltown

Joel LefevreAnalyst ISeptember 8, 2008

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers defence took another hit Monday as linebacker Tom Canada was traded to Hamilton along with defensive lineman Corey Mace in exchange for Zeke Moreno.

The trade comes after a disastrous loss to the Roughriders yesterday that dropped the Bombers to 2-8 this season.  This blockbuster deal also comes a week after another blockbuster deal that saw Brendan Taman trade away Winnipeg's long-time franchise player Charles Roberts to BC.

Canada, who has been with the Bombers his whole career, was less than thrilled about the trade and has said he will not report to Hamilton.  Canada had just come off his best ever CFL season in 2007, leading the Bombers with 12 in 17 games to help propel the Bombers into the Grey Cup game.

With Barrin Simpson out of the lineup and now Canada gone, the Bombers appear to lack an identity on defence. They will have to be able to find some sort of chemistry if they intend to salvage the season.

In Moreno the Bombers get an all-star linebacker in the prime of his career at 29.  But is it too late for the Bombers?  And how much of an immediate impact can Moreno and the other sudden newcomers make in Winnipeg.

Brendan Taman is clearly desperate and trying everything possible to shake this club up and get back on track. He appears to not only be sending a message to the fans that he is trying to improve this team, but he is also sending a strong message to the players that no one is safe on this team right now.