Riggers wrap up veteran player

DARREN FRIESEN -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 10:06 AM ET

Kaleb Toth's new contract couldn't have come at a better time.

Newly married to his longtime sweetheart, Toth got a belated wedding gift yesterday, signing a one-year extension with the Calgary Roughnecks.

"I haven't done anything yet," said Toth about spending his new paycheque on the inevitable honeymoon.

"Maybe in October or November because I don't want to leave Calgary when it's warm here. I don't want to leave the sun to go to the sun, it doesn't make sense."

Terms of the contract were not disclosed but this upcoming season marks Toth's sixth year with the Riggers, making him the only player to have played every game in the franchise's history.

"I'm very excited. Personally, last year, I don't think I had a very good season," he said of his 55 points, his worst in a Roughnecks uniform.

"I've got another chance to make amends for last year. I'm just excited to be back because I don't want to play anywhere else."

Aside from Toth, the Roughnecks were busy again yesterday.

A day after dealing veteran forward Jason Wulder, the team's fourth-leading scorer last year, to the Edmonton Rush, Calgary signed free agent Scott Ranger.

Ranger, the seventh overall pick in the 2003 entry draft by the San Jose Stealth, never really caught on as an NLL pro.

However, the 5-ft. 10-in., 200-lb. forward had a spectacular summer with the Nanaimo Timbermen of the amateur Western Lacrosse Association playing alongside Toth.

Scott finished fourth in WLA scoring with 67 points.

Between the pipes, the Riggers also announced they have signed goaltender Ryan Avery to a one-year deal.

With the loss of starter Curtis Palidwor in the expansion draft, the Roughnecks are hoping backup Andrew Leyshon and Avery will be able to fill the void left by the veteran backstopper.

"The face of this team has kind of changed a little bit," said Toth.

"I think the biggest loss was (Curtis) Palidwor and I haven't seen Avery enough to give a good judgement on him.

"As far as Leyshon, he was a starter in this league and could be a starter on another team and hopefully he can fill the hole that Palidwor left."


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