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MISSISSAUGA, Ont. Jake Guentzel Jersey . -- Jim Barker had huge expectations when he acquired veteran quarterback Ricky Ray in a blockbuster trade with the Edmonton Eskimos in December 2011. The Toronto Argonauts GM envisioned Rays calm approach and on-field poise helping secure the franchise its first Grey Cup since 2004. After a slow start with his new team, Ray did just that on the grandest of stages, leading the Double Blue to a 35-22 win over the Calgary Stampeders in the historic 100th Grey Cup before 53,208 spectators at Rogers Centre. On Friday, Barker rewarded Ray with a contract extension that keeps him in Toronto through the 2015 season. "A year ago December to a packed room at the CN Tower we introduced Ricky Ray as a man who was going to come and restore success and dignity and excitement to the Toronto Argonauts franchise and ultimately deliver a Grey Cup," Barker said during a news conference Friday. "He has delivered on all that. "Our organization, our ownership, have made a commitment to Ricky and hes made a commitment to us and we are excited about the future of this organization." And although hes coming off a Grey Cup championship and has a new deal, Ray wont be resting on his laurels as he enters his 11th CFL season. "In football nothing is guaranteed, contracts arent guaranteed," Ray said. "You still have to go out and perform at a high level. "Thats what they expect and thats what you expect of yourself. I dont think now I can relax a little bit, youve got to go out there and perform every week." But the move to Toronto was a difficult one for Ray, who spent his first nine CFL seasons in Edmonton and was a fan favourite there after leading the Eskimos to two Grey Cup titles. Not only was the 33-year-old native of Happy Camp, Calif., joining a new franchise but one with a rookie head coach in Scott Milanovich. The six-foot-three, 210-pound Ray struggled initially as he became acclimated with Milanovichs offence but still showed a deft passing touch. His 68.6 per-cent passing completion not only topped all league starters but was an Argos single-season record as Ray surpassed the 4,000-yard passing plateau for the seventh time in his CFL career. However, Ray saved his best for last. After returning from a knee injury Oct. 19, Ray surpassed the 300-yard passing plateau in three of his final five starts, including a 399-yard performance in Torontos 27-20 road win over Montreal in the East Division final. Toronto fell behind in both of its first two playoff games. Each time, the Argos were buoyed by the even-keel, no-panic approach of their quarterback who rallied them from 10-0 deficits to post-season victories. Ray was a workmanlike 18 of 30 passing for 231 yards and two TDs in the Grey Cup as Argos running back Chad Kackert took centre stage. Kackert ran for 113 yards on 20 carries and added eight catches for 52 yards to claim MVP honours. Still, Ray finished the playoffs completing 69 of 97 passes for 869 yards and five TDs with just one interception. He enters the 2013 campaign sixth on the CFLs all-time passing list with 44,588 yards but with a much better understanding and appreciation of Milanovich, on and off the field. "Hes an easy guy to work for," Ray said. "Hes very demanding, he expects a lot out of you but he keeps it to where you have a great opportunity to go out and perform week in and week out. "Its not like youre just talking to a coach. You can talk to him about other stuff thats not football so when you do have a little bit of down time youre joking with him and he keeps you relaxed and confident out there." Having a year in Milanovichs offence under his belt will certainly be a major benefit for Ray once training camp opens Sunday. "Last year I was learning from scratch just trying to figure out what I was doing out there," he said. "Now I have a lot of game experience to go off of and things we worked on throughout the year Ill be able to carry over. "Any changes or tweaks we need to make I can make those and not have to worry about where guys are lining up or what Im supposed to do. I can be more comfortable with those situations." Chad Ruhwedel Penguins Jersey .S District Court against Major League Baseball, the Office of the Commissioner and his own union, the MLBPA. Joe Mullen Jersey . The return match will take place next Wednesday. Udinese leads Fiorentina 2-1 in the other semifinal. Napoli staged a second-half comeback from two goals down after Gervinhos opener and a stunning strike from Kevin Strootman. . What general manager Dave Nonis called "short and productive" negotiations ended with Kessel signing a US$64-million, eight-year contract on Tuesday. RALEIGH, N.C. -- Raffi Torres stint in the Carolina Hurricanes training camp is over.The physical left winger was one of nine players dropped from the Hurricanes roster Thursday, a day before their final exhibition game against Washington.Carolina invited Torres to camp on a professional tryout, with general manager Ron Francis in August defending the decision as a low-risk move.Torres hasnt played a regular-season game in the NHL since 2013-14. He was suspennded last October for 41 games -- the longest suspension in NHL history for a hit on another player -- and fined $440,000 for his illegal check on Anaheims Jakob Silfverberg during a preseason game. Larry Murphy Penguins Jersey. Torres didnt serve any penalty minutes in two preseason games this year.The moves leave the Hurricanes with a 32-man roster. ' ' ' 

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