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    SURREY, B.C. — The BC Lions expect to regain key linebacker Solomon Elimimian and veteran kicker Paul McCallum for Thursday nights home opener against the defending Grey Cup champion Toronto Argonauts. The Lions (0-1) started poorly against the Stampeders in their opening round clash in Calgary on Friday, and although they managed to outscore the hosts in the second half, they still lost 44-32. It was a frustrating game for Elimimian (ankle) to watch, and he admitted after Mondays practice that one point he “was about to throw a couple of chairs.” “It was definitely tough,” he said, before adding he was “expecting” to play in that game. “But that was last week and we have 17 more regular-season games to go.” And that starts with a home date with the Argonauts (1-0), who fought back to overcome Hamilton 39-34 last week on the back of solid contributions from running back Chad Kackert (10 rushes for 112 yards and a touchdown) and wide receiver/kick returner Chad Owens. Elimimian is looking forward to the challenge of stopping that pair, along with QB Ricky Ray, who went 24-34 for 368 yards and four touchdowns against the Ti-Cats. “They have a great offence and a great offensive game,” the 26-year-old said. “I just think the big thing for us is just doing what we do, and thats run to the ball and be physical and if we do that well be fine.” Lions head coach Mike Benevides was looking forward to having Elimimian back at his disposal on defence as his team looks to avoid falling into a 0-2 hole. “The biggest thing that Solly brings to us is obviously that downhill mentality to defend the run,” he said. “It gives us a little bit of synergy that we had in training camp and it just gives us another run stopper thats comfortable with `Biggie (LB Adam Bighill).” Besides Elimimian, the Lions should also be boosted by the return of 43-year-old McCallum, after Benevides watched his punter go through the motions Monday. “Paul did all the place kicking, he felt good, he did some punting and really showed some power,” Benevides said. “So its gonna be on him because hes a pro and hes been around a long time. But I really liked what I saw from his place kicking. “He tells me he feels good, so Im gonna make sure that he is entirely confident that hes not feeling (the groin injury) anymore and well take a hard look at him.” The news wasnt as promising for Lions star centre Angus Reid (lower back), with Benevides saying he will still be evaluated on a weekly basis. “Obviously, hes getting better all the time,” the coach said of the 36-year-old. “The thing with him is its gonna be a week-to-week thing and for him its about loading it, meaning hes in the weight room doing squats, hes practising and then the true tell-tale will be how sore he is the next day or two days after.” With the 13-year pro still sidelined, snapping duties will once again fall to second-year player Matt Norman, who is being groomed as Reids eventual replacement on the offensive line. The 25-year-old former guard struggled with the count in the loss to Calgary but said he had already put it behind him. “Ive looked at film, made some corrections and now Im focusing on Toronto,” he said. Norman doesnt see Torontos visit as a tool for motivation, adding he maintains “the same level of intensity each week”. “I dont go up or down depending on who were playing,” he said. “I keep the same level of motivation and confidence for each game, to me its just another game.” Despite his issues at centre, Norman had the full support of Lions QB Travis Lulay and Benevides as he makes the difficult transition. “Those types of things happen, they do happen, and Matt doesnt like it when they happen and its tough,” said Lulay, who completed 21 of 36 passes for 283 yards and a touchdown against the Stampeders. “But its part of the process, you have to make mistakes to find out what you need to be better at so thats something hes obviously very conscious of. But Matts a pro, hell get those things ironed out and well get better there.” Benevides said Normans errors were more glaring than others because of his job hiking the ball to Lulay on each possession. “You just have to grow with that a little bit, (but) when you look at the totality of the game, he played fine,” he said. “Week to week hes gonna get better and you have to also give him a chance to go through some of these learning curves.” NOTES: DE Julius Williams could make his first appearance in a Lions jersey on Thursday. Said Benevides: “He got some work on the weekend and were gonna take a hard look at that because if Julius can get in hell help us and that will give us a different type of rotation and a different type of player on the edge.”aThe Lions added import LB Yaser Elqutub to their practice roster Monday. Ferguson Jenkins Jersey. 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Re-signed by the club to a one-year, two-way (NHL/AHL) contract on July 5, Bass appeared in three preseason games with Columbus prior to breaking a bone in his hand on Sept.TSN Hockey Insiders Bob McKenzie, Darren Dreger and Pierre LeBrun have the latest on the future of John Tortorella in Vancouver and Randy Carlyle in Toronto as well head as coaching candidates for Team Canada at the upcoming World Hockey Championship. John Tortorella admits the coaching swap – Tortorella for Vigneault – does not look good on him right now. Is he going to get a chance to redeem himself next year? LeBrun: I dont think so. Nothing has been officially decided but all indications lead to the fact the Canucks are likely headed for a separation with their head coach. Its going to be a costly one. He still has four years and $8 million left on the deal that he signed last summer. But hes never really been a great fit with this roster and I think hell pay the ultimate price for a very disappointing year in Vancouver. The more intriguing decision is with the GM, Mike Gillis. What will ownership do with him? Hes had a long run there and a lot of people think he deserves another year, at least, to redirect the ship but that decision has not been taken. What about the collapse in Toronto? Whos going to pay the price there? McKenzie: If the Maple Leafs miss the playoffs and theyre certainly trending in that direction, the expectation is that Randy Carlyle is the most vulnerable and the guy most likely to pay the price. General manager Dave Nonis has never fired a coach in his tenure in Toronto and he also never hired Carlyle. That was a Brian Burke hire. So the sense seems to be if the masses are crying for somebodys head, it would more likely be Carlyles than anybody elses. 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