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« on: February 18, 2023, 04:44:52 AM »

Yes, it's premature.
Yes, it's mainly speculative.
Yes, a lot can happen between now and pre-season.

But we arguably have completed the first 4 days of the Free Agency Season which is certainly the most interesting, competitive, and important part of every teams recruitment strategy.

With that in mind, let's hear your early predictions on standings at the end of the 2023 season.  Here's my attempt/effort...

West

1. Winnipeg
2. BC
3. Calgary
4. Edmonton
5. Riders

East

1. Toronto
2. Hamilton
3. Montreal
4. Ottawa
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« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2023, 04:51:16 AM »

Looks good to me but I would swap BC and Calgary.
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« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2023, 06:29:41 AM »

Ottawa
Toronto
Hamilton
Montreal
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« Reply #3 on: February 18, 2023, 01:56:29 PM »

OK - so these were last year's standings:

West

1. Winnipeg (15-3)
2. BC (12-6)
3. Calgary (12-6)
4. Saskatchewan (6-12)
5. Edmonton (4-14)

East

1. Toronto (11-7)
2. Montreal (9-9)
3. Hamilton (8-10)
4. Ottawa (4-14)

I think that we're about on par with our team last year. Adding Kenny is huge on offence. I expect our young secondary to be lights out. We need to add some rotational pieces on the DL (hopefully we discover some talent in TC) and we need to be looking to the future at LB.

Toronto and Hamilton have improved their squads (assuming MBT is back in TO - they have a big question mark otherwise). I expect all of the Redblacks, Elks and Riders to be closer to .500 than last year, but still in the bottom half of teams.

BC and Calgary look to be worse off than last year. Montreal is 100% worse and will be cannibalized of the rest of the league.

So, with that:

West

1. Winnipeg (14-4)
2. BC (11-7)
3. Calgary (9-9)
4. Saskatchewan (8-10)
5. Edmonton (6-12)

East

1. Toronto (12-6)
2. Hamilton (11-7)
3. Ottawa (7-11)
4. Montreal (3-15)
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« Reply #4 on: February 18, 2023, 02:02:30 PM »

Winnipeg (based on our offence alone)
Calgary (Maier will need to step up now without BLM in the locker room)
BC (no where near as dominant without Rourke)
Edmonton (they've signed some great talent)
Riders (still lots of unanswered questions about this team)

Hamilton (Bo wants to prove he can still win a Cup)
Toronto ( can Kelly blossom into a legit starter and can Harris survive)
Ottawa ( they may yet surprise us)
Montreal ( lost too much and now rudderless without an owner )
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« Reply #5 on: February 18, 2023, 03:04:18 PM »

Winnipeg (based on our offence alone)
Calgary (Maier will need to step up now without BLM in the locker room)
BC (no where near as dominant without Rourke)
Edmonton (they've signed some great talent)
Riders (still lots of unanswered questions about this team)

Hamilton (Bo wants to prove he can still win a Cup)
Toronto ( can Kelly blossom into a legit starter and can Harris survive)
Ottawa ( they may yet surprise us)
Montreal ( lost too much and now rudderless without an owner )

I agree with Lincoln, and I believe Ham has really strengthen their team and are making a strong bid for being in a home GC game.
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« Reply #6 on: February 18, 2023, 11:11:24 PM »

1. Winnipeg
2. Calgary
3. Edmonton
4. BC
5. Riders

East

1. Toronto
2. Ottawa
3. Hamilton
4. Montreal
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« Reply #7 on: February 18, 2023, 11:34:25 PM »

WPG
CGY
BC
EDM
SSK

TOR
OTT
HAM
MTL
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« Reply #8 on: February 19, 2023, 01:39:27 AM »

I see the West as Wpg, Edmonton, Calgary, BC, Riders.   As much as I loathe Jones, Cornelius is improving and they added major firepower on offence.  I think the loss of Butler will hold BC back.

In the East, I am calling it Ottawa, Hamilton, Toronto, Montreal.  This is all about QBs.  I think Masoli-Arbucklke will be the best 1-2 punch.  I don't think MBT plays, and I think Bo Levi will disappoint. And Montreal really doesn't have a QB at all.

Of course the real determining factor will be injuries.
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« Reply #9 on: February 19, 2023, 06:03:54 AM »

1. Winnipeg
2. Calgary
3. Edmonton
4. BC
5. Riders

East

1. Toronto
2. Ottawa
3. Hamilton
4. Montreal

I see the West as Wpg, Edmonton, Calgary, BC, Riders.   As much as I loathe Jones, Cornelius is improving and they added major firepower on offence.  I think the loss of Butler will hold BC back.

In the East, I am calling it Ottawa, Hamilton, Toronto, Montreal.  This is all about QBs.  I think Masoli-Arbucklke will be the best 1-2 punch.  I don't think MBT plays, and I think Bo Levi will disappoint. And Montreal really doesn't have a QB at all.

Of course the real determining factor will be injuries.

I too think EDM will be a powerhouse.  Their WR/SB corps is almost as good as ours and look scary on paper.  That kid at RB is legit unstoppable.  Corny is going to turn into a great QB, if not this year then soon.  And even though I haven't studied it much yet, C.Jones should have a solid D.  In fact, the team is being built much like WPG is these days: a heavy emphasis on O.

VAJ ain't gonna get it done in BC, and no Burnham is gonna bite them.  Just not happening, sorry.  Heck, maybe even T.Harris in tire-fire SSK will be better.

I just don't see CGY being as strong.  Meier smells like a Jennings or Franklin.  He's not the solution long term and is a big gamble.

I'm going:
WPG
EDM
CGY
BC
SSK

The East is so up in the air with gambling everywhere.  If BLM can not suck HAM is going to go legit attempt for a home GC.  They are going the "gonna stop you on D" route, and it might work.  OTT will be very good if Masoli doesn't go down.  TOR: who really knows.  The only sure bet is MTL will stink worse than '22 EDM/OTT.  Free bingo spot everyone!

My gut says everyone-but-MTL will be duking it out in early weeks to establish dominance and consistency, but they should shake out into "what kind of team they are" pretty quickly.  TOR is known for flash-in-the-pan years and GCs, so if they stay true to form they'll suck.  BUT, maybe Pinball has anticipated this.  HAM let most of their good WRs go.  And my gut says don't sleep on OTT.  Their ST sales and fan base need a good year.
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« Reply #10 on: February 19, 2023, 01:33:41 PM »

After hitting rock bottom, Edmonton will improve, but let?s not get carried away here people.
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« Reply #11 on: February 19, 2023, 02:15:18 PM »

After hitting rock bottom, Edmonton will improve, but let?s not get carried away here people.

Same reasoning that had Ottawa being first in the East last year.
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« Reply #12 on: February 19, 2023, 06:34:48 PM »

I see the end of the Huff's dynasty ahead, not much of a player in F.A. other than losing some of their best players, and now that they've compromised their standards by picking up scraps from lesser teams the end must be nye. They may still earn a playoff spot this season but they're no longer in the same tier as the Bombers.
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« Reply #13 on: February 19, 2023, 11:32:53 PM »

Really? They've now got one of the best defensive lines in the cfl....Howsare,Rose,Wiggans,Vautner.. Locked in Judge.  Have a younger qb that they feel is an upgrade to Bo Levi  and the best running backs in the league.
Winnipeg
Calgary
Edmonton
Bc
Saskatchewan

Toronto
Hamilton
Montreal
Ottawa
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« Reply #14 on: February 20, 2023, 12:05:19 AM »

Winnipeg
Calgary
Riders
Edmonton
BC

Toronto
Ottawa
Hamilton
Montreal
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