Montreal Alouettes dealing prior to CFL trade deadline

Montreal Alouettes dealing prior to CFL trade deadline
Riders acquire Blake, Lavoie in trade with Als
REGINA — With the post-season around the corner the Saskatchewan Roughriders have added some depth as they make a run at the Grey Cup.  The club announced Wednesday that it has acquired national offensive lineman Philip Blake and national fullback Patrick Lavoie from the Montreal Alouettes.

In exchange the Riders have sent national wide receiver Joshua Stanford and a second-round selection in the 2020 CFL Draft to Montreal.

The Saskatchewan Roughriders have bolstered their Canadian roster prior to Wednesdays CFL trade deadline, adding national offensive lineman Philip Blake and national wide receiver Patrick Lavoie in a trade made with the Montreal Alouettes.

“We are very happy to have acquired a promising young receiver like Joshua and are looking forward to seeing him continue to develop within our organization,” declared Alouettes General Manager Kavis Reed. “On behalf of the Alouettes family, I would like to thank Philip and Patrick for everything they have done for this franchise on and off the field and we wish them nothing but continued success.”

Blake was originally selected by the Alouettes in the third-round (23rd overall) of the 2011 CFL Draft. The 32-year-old has started all 57 games played through four seasons in Montreal.

He can play fullback, hes certainly a good special teamer [and] hes familiar with our offence because he was in Ottawa and its the same terminology [as here], Jones said.

The Baylor product spent 2012-14 in the NFL after being selected by the Denver Broncos in the 4th round (108th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft.

Hes a guy that can play centre, guard [and] tackle and certainly brings a level of experience that were going to need down the stretch, Riders head coach Chris Jones said.

Offensive lineman Phillip Blake heads to Saskatchewan after a Wednesday trade that sent he and Patrick Lavoie to the Riders (Montreal Alouettes.com)

Lavoie was originally selected by the Alouettes in the 2nd round (11th overall) of the 2012 CFL Draft. After spending two seasons in Montreal, he was selected by the Ottawa Redblacks in the 2013 CFL Expansion Draft. The 30-year-old spent four seasons in Ottawa before being re-acquired by Montreal in a January, 2018 trade.

Through seven CFL seasons, Lavoie has collected 138 receptions for 1,264 yards and seven touchdowns in 115 career regular-season games.

"We are very happy to have acquired a promising young receiver like Joshua and are looking forward to seeing him continue to develop within our organization," Montreal GM Kavis Reed said in a statement. "On behalf of the Alouettes family, I would like to thank Philip and Patrick for everything they have done for this franchise on and off the field and we wish them nothing but continued success.

The Saskatchewan Roughriders have acquired national offensive lineman Philip Blake and national wide receiver Patrick Lavoie from the Montreal Alouettes for national wide receiver Josh Stanford and their second-round selection in the 2020 CFL Draft.    

The six-foot-two, 205-pound Ackie, a 26-year-old native of Cambridge, Ont., was in his fourth season with Montreal after being taken in the first round, fourth overall, in the 2015 CFL draft. The former Wilfrid Laurier star had 81 tackles in 13 games this year while adding a sack, two interceptions, a forced fumble and touchdown.

Blake was originally selected by the Alouettes in the third-round (23rd overall) of the 2011 CFL Draft. The 32-year-old has started all 57 games played through four seasons in Montreal. 

The Baylor product spent 2012-14 in the NFL after being selected by the Denver Broncos in the 4th round (108th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft. 

Lavoie was originally selected by the Alouettes in the 2nd round (11th overall) of the 2012 CFL Draft. After spending two seasons in Montreal, he was selected by the Ottawa Redblacks in the 2013 CFL Expansion Draft. The 30-year-old spent four seasons in Ottawa before being re-acquired by Montreal in a January, 2018 trade. 

The six-foot-one, 200-pound Stanford, a native of Mississauga, Ont., had 17 catches for 165 yards in 15 games with Saskatchewan. A 2016 eight-round pick, Stanford has recorded 21 catches for 243 yards in 22 career CFL games.

Through seven CFL seasons, Lavoie has collected 138 receptions for 1,264 yards and seven touchdowns in 115 career regular-season games. 

He has added five playoff games and two Grey Cup games, winning with the Ottawa Redblacks in 2016.