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Eskimos send Prefontaine back to Argonauts

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TSN.ca Staff
10/12/2010 3:54:45 PM
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The Edmonton Eskimos and Toronto Argonauts have gotten a jump on Wednesday's CFL trade deadline.

The Eskimos have sent veteran kicker Noel Prefontaine back to the Toronto Argonauts for non-import defensive lineman Etienne Legare and negotiation rights to import defensive back Damaso Munoz

Prefontaine, who spent 10 years with the  Argonauts before being dealt to the Eskimos in 2008, was caught off guard by the deal.

"It was a surprise. There were some things I was unhappy with from a schematic perspective but I did not foresee this coming at this particular time," Prefontaine said at the airport before leaving.

The San Diego State product was not comfortable with a number of ideas from the coaching staff, including one-step punting and conceding safeties at a record pace.

"I went through the entire chain of command in the Edmonton organization from my coach to the head coach to management and I expressed my discomfort with it," said Prefontaine. "But I also understood as a player, you get paid to do a job and if your caoch asks you to do something, you do it."

The Argos were need of a punter because Jamie Boreham injured his hamstring during the Argonauts victory over the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Saturday.

Three-year CFL veteran Derek Schiavone while handle both punting and placekicking duties for the Eskimos.

Prefontaine is averaging 43.1 yards per punt this season but feels he could have done more during his stint in Edmonton.

"If there's anything I'm going to take from the last two and a half years I played in this system, I didn't excite the Edmonton fans as much as I would have liked," added Prefontaine. "Though I had my concerns and I voiced my opinion, never once did I say I didn't want to be an Eskimo. Not being an Eskimo was never a part of it. It was the system."

Legare was the second overall selection in the 2009 CFL Canadian Draft, and is expected to back up Adam Braidwood.

Noel Prefontaine (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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