Does Beaulieu for Lavoie mean the end of Nik Lewis in Montreal?

Montreal’s Patrick Lavoie celebrates one of four touchdowns from his rookie season.

If you ask all of the CFL experts in Montreal, they all seem to be befuddled when it comes to the J.C. Beaulieu for Patrick Lavoie trade. Sure, Lavoie is a former Alouettes player and he has a Grey Cup ring to his credit. But Beaulieu had a productive season in Montreal last year, in spite of the team’s offensive struggles. He is younger, cheaper and plays great special teams. At 30 years of age, Lavoie began his career in Montreal, albeit battling injuries. But his time in Ottawa has been relatively injury-free.

Upon the acquisition of Lavoie, GM Kavis Reed said that he fits their new system. This got my mind turning. If Lavoie is a better fit for what the Als are trying to do offensively, then can we assume it’s because they’re looking to take advantage of his superior pass-catching abilities? It’s the only thing that Alouettes fans can cling to, being that, according to TSN 690’s Joey Alfieri, Beaulieu makes $35,000 less and is only 27 years old.

By extension, if the team is in need of a tight end-like body for pass catching, does this mean that the CFL’s all-time leading receiver Nik Lewis is done as a player in Montreal?

Speaking with Lewis last month, it sounded like he was committed to staying in Montreal, either as a coach or player, depending on what coach Mike Sherman wanted. Last season, Lewis began the year on pace for another 1,000-yard season. But after his record-setting catch, he says the team stopped going to him. If that’s the case, you would think that an athlete as proud as him would want to keep playing and finish more on his own terms.

But re-acquiring Lavoie, to me, is a sign that Montreal is ready to move on from Lewis, rightly or wrongly. Lewis and Montreal management are no doubt speaking this week to determine his future. Being the astute football man, I’m sure Nik saw the Lavoie trade as a potential obstacle to him coming back. After all, the days of Lewis lining up on the outside and going deep are behind him. He makes his money these days by living over the middle and turning short passes into productive plays.

So, the Alouettes welcome Lavoie back into the fold and hope that his second tenure with the team will be much healthier. Meanwhile, we await word on the future of a future hall-of-famer. My money is on the team offering Lewis a coaching position and then him taking some time to both contemplate retirement and field other playing offers.

Matthew Ross

Matthew Ross

Matthew Ross is a radio host on TSN 690 Montreal and has contributed to the Montreal Gazette, MLB.com and AskMen.com. He's a native Montrealer and misses watching Anthony Calvillo just like everyone else.
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14 Comments on Does Beaulieu for Lavoie mean the end of Nik Lewis in Montreal?

  1. Ivan Diablo // February 1, 2018 at 12:20 pm //

    i think someone was caught sleeping with someone’s wife

  2. Bestcflfan // February 1, 2018 at 12:37 pm //

    Lavoie is a fumbler and a pass dropper. The last few years Beaulieu has made very big plays when they give them the chance. I don’t get this.

    Aside from that I will never forgive Lavoie for breaking Hefneys neck and he did not contribute to the Hefney surgery fund and neither did the Als, btw. Noel Thorpe made a nice donation. Bo Levi a very big donation.

  3. brian johnson // February 1, 2018 at 1:31 pm //

    means the end of Nik Lewis in Montreal.
    Hopefully Yes!!

  4. I certainly do not like this trade. I believe Beaulieu`s age is a benefit and his versatility. I agree with other comments made that indeed, Lavoie is prone to the dropped ball and seems reluctant to pursue YAK yards, instead catches the ball and hits the turf.

  5. Edward Leslie // February 1, 2018 at 5:25 pm //

    Lavoie is a great tight end. But I thought that Kavis Reed wanted to get younger? Lavoie, Chris Williams and Josh Freeman are all veteran acquisitions.

    • I’ve been watching the CFL for over 50 years.

      Teams/GM’s that acquire other teams’ veterans, do so because their GM/scouts are incompetent, and are incapable of finding and developing talent.
      It’s a toxic recipe that has led to the Montreal CFL franchise going belly up, twice already. And if the Wetenhall’s don’t act quickly to install a GM who knows what he’s doing, it’s hard to imagine any other fate for this team.

      Reed is an f’ing disaster. And his resting state seem to be unmitigated bullsh*t. How the hell does this team clear out all of its coaching problems (Calvillo), install a completely new coaching staff, and leave a cancerous tumour like Reed in place, to finish this franchise off, once and for all?

      The thinking here is impenetrable.

      • You have to have veteran leadership. Lewis played a Major role off the field. Lavoie is a solid guy, respected by other players.

        If you have been watching the CFL for 50 years you have seen the game evolve. There has to be a balance between youth and veteran leadership. Football is a young persons sport. Neurological deterioration starts is continual, speed and reaction time of a player in his early 20’s vs 30’s is very relevant. As a 50 year fan reflect back to the Argos Mike O’Shea at the end of his career. It was bad, his mind was telling him go and his body took time to catch up.

        Als must get younger and they will. Young guns will be at camp now is the time to evaluate and develop the nucleus of veterans. With FA pending the Als will be looking to bring together the right veteran players.

        I won’t be suprised to see a few more 28-32 year olds added in key positions, that is what happens on the CFL at FA.

        Until camp watch Sherman and Reed add veteran guys that will solidify the core values that Sherman has preached so keep your rant hat on.

  6. My 1st thought was that Lavoie is just a bit more of an actual “tight end” than Beaulieu. Still, a “fullback for fullback” “blockbuster” trade is just what a team needs right, when it doesn’t have a starting quarterback? Glad to see that Kavis Reed is hard at work finding us talent.

    Hey Reed, if you’re looking for Alouettes that have been discarded in recent years, how about getting us a QB…McPherson or Cato, or trading a 1st round pick to Saskatchewan for Bridge or Adams Jr?

    This team is on a precipice, and Reed’s pushing it over the edge.

    • Habs4Life // February 2, 2018 at 9:42 am //

      Do you think that Adams was worth a first round pick ND12? Seriously? Watch closely over the next week and we will revisit the question of his value. Just because Popp felt he was worth a first round doesn’t mean that is what his value is today.

      There is no doubt that Reed consulted his Director of Canadian Scouting, Gorrell. He came from the RedBlacks and would have evaluated both players and made a recommendation. Many factors taken into consideration. I would think pass protection (Lavoie is tough, pass protection has got to be a prime concern for Sherman- have to be able to load the box- which didn’t happen at all last year) Leadership in the locker room and Lavoie has been solid skilled Canadian player.

      Blockbuster trade lol, Good lord. It must be full on off season to have multiple articles on this. I agree with you, this is a QB driven league. As Shula said, football is about luck, no QB very bad luck.

      Against age and experience? What about Ray or Lulay, they both are still available, either would be great to see in Montreal. Manziel is still unsigned, he would be great to see in Montreal.

      Lots of elements we don’t know like how the contracts were written. Popp’s contracts are often not performance based, could have been bonus and maximizing money for FA. Maybe on guy open to restructuring. We just don’t know.

      McPherson and Cato? Come on, you are a passionate Als fan and I respect that, but out of those 4 QBs, the only one who has a shot is Bridge. If Jones thought Bridge was ready he wouldn’t have gone after Collaros.

      As for Reed, I haven’t thrown in the towel on him yet.

  7. Tom calder // February 1, 2018 at 7:19 pm //

    There is so much trashing and bashing of Reed. Don’t you think he inherited a mess?. I think he’s trying to clean up the mess and hiring the well respected Shermman is a great start. If the wetanhall’s step aside and let the GM and coaches do their jobs, I thinks the als may surprise a few people this year. My God, give him a break!

  8. Bring back our Als // February 2, 2018 at 8:09 am //

    He released Bear Woods and traded Green. Fired head coach and Noel Thorpe because the defence was les than great. Put himself in as head coach and in the second half of the season lost by a combined average score of 39-13. The mess he inherited was fixable. JC made two big 3rd plays. Kavis needs to step up or move on. With his luck he will become a president

    • Habs4Life // February 2, 2018 at 9:54 am //

      The Als have a new young President who is working hard. JC did not want Woods and was a mediocre OC and less than mediocre HC. Mmmeehh….Thorpe (insert puking emoji here)

      I agree a change needed to be made, when it happened was not great. I believe if Stubler would not have injured himself that he would have been brought in as DC. AC looked lost on the sidelines, unable to make any adjustments. The only saving grace for me is that Reed did what he said he was going to do and went and got a great HC. Everyone said he wanted to be like Jones or Huff. This move to me, shows he is committed to putting together a winning organization. I like the coaching staff, as well as any in the league right now.

  9. Not sure who benefits from the trade itself but… on Nik Lewis I do see a leader and still contributing player IF they throw him the ball. When he runs over others he lifts his team.

    Nik Lewis as he matured became a team leader whose comments in Calgary mirrored those of Hufnagel and Dickenson. The only time in the Als history he’s been critical is of the instability and lack of player commitment.

    I think Lewis has a good role to play as he lives and breathes the CFL – either as a player or coach.

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