Toth excited about revamped Roughnecks

DARREN FRIESEN, CALGARY SUN

, Last Updated: 7:24 AM ET

With such a solid lineup the last few seasons, some Calgary Roughnecks might view the many off-season changes as a bit drastic.

Kaleb Toth's not one of them.

As the team's longest-serving member, Toth has embraced the change to the Riggers' locker-room, even if it means his role may be different.

"I like the team and I like that we've got a lot of new faces," said Toth, who's been with the Roughnecks since their inaugural National Lacrosse League campaign in 2001-02.

"We've added a new dimension to our team. Sometimes people say change isn't good but, I think for us, change is really good."

One theory that's been tossed around since general manager Kurt Silcott decided to add a wealth of speed to his lineup this summer, is to have Toth, an offensive sniper, play more transition.

It's something Toth is comfortable with, as long it helps the team win.

"If I have to go out the back gate to transition the ball, I'll do it," he said. "Basically it comes down to, I want to win. If I have to go in net to win, I'll go in net.

"I want to win a championship this season and I think we have the talent to do it, so I'll play whatever position the coaches want me to play."

As far as the talent goes, coach Chris Hall and Silcott still have 29 players in camp following yesterday's training session.

League rules stipulate teams must be down to 23 regulars and three practice players before Dec. 14.

Toth, whose job is safe, knows the coaching staff has some tough decisions to make before Thursday.

"We have some guys that they were kind of skeptical about and those guys played well and they put up some numbers (Friday), so it's going to be a very difficult decision," said Toth about some of the individual performances in the club's 19-16 win over the Edmonton Rush Friday. "Overall, though, when it's done our team's going to be a lot better."

Once the team is set, there will be one more weekend of training before the Christmas break and then another exhibition game against the Rush Dec. 30 in Lethbridge. Following that, the Roughnecks will open their season Jan. 12 at the Saddledome against the San Jose Stealth.

Toth maintains that everyone will be ready come ball drop.

"Everyone's played lacrosse before and it's a pretty simple game," he said. "The systems and the plays aren't much different from what any of us have had before -- you catch, you shoot, you play pick 'n' roll. If guys do that and if the coach shows us and explains it well, we should be able to pick it up."


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