Sarich Has Requested a Trade

Kent Wilson
December 02 2011 09:48AM

 

Rhett Warrener reported this morning that Cory Sarich has asked the Calgary Flames for a trade. Of course, there's a good chance he Flames have been trying to do that for the last year or two and have been unable to find any takers for Sarich's $3.6M cap hit.

A healthy scratch for most of the season, Sarich has tumbled past the likes of Brodie and Smith on the Flames depth chart. His wish to find a more suitable home for his services is understandable, but the gap between his potential abilities and his actual pricetag is pretty large. Sarich isn't the most mobile option on the back-end and his constant battle with chonic issues slows him even further.

The combination of big cap hit and modest skillset is a difficult one. I can't imagine any team will be taking Feaster's calls about Sarich...not until the deeadline at the latest at least when the majority of his ticket has already been paid. Even then, it's probably going to be a tough sell.

I hope it happens for Cory's sake, but I don't think it's very likely.

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#1 Colin
December 02 2011, 09:52AM
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Whoever takes Sarich we should try attempting trade them Stajan as well, and after those trades are made that GM should probably be fired.

Also, Sarich probably shaw VFs tweets about him, pushed him over the edge.

But seriously, Sarich shouldn't ask for a trade, he should wave his NMC completely and try out the waiver wire and see what happens. Hell maybe someone wants him on Recall, someone took Hagman, you never know what can happen sometimes.

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#2 xis10ce
December 02 2011, 09:59AM
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He can request a trade all day long, NO ONE WANTS HIM! Now I'm just assuming this.

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#3 mendicant
December 02 2011, 09:59AM
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One's got to wonder what the going rate is for an slow, aging, overpaid D man who scored almost as many goals on his own net last year as the other team's.

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#4 otto
December 02 2011, 10:02AM
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I think he would make a good partner for Staios in Long Island.

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#5 Colin
December 02 2011, 10:07AM
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mendicant wrote:

One's got to wonder what the going rate is for an slow, aging, overpaid D man who scored almost as many goals on his own net last year as the other team's.

Well according to Darryl Sutter the price was a third round pick and Aaron Johnson.

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#7 mikeH
December 02 2011, 10:09AM
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Sarich wants a trade? Nice dream finding a home for that contract.

And Kent... I didn't realize Sarich was a stoner, but if he really does "battle with chronic issues" as you say, it kind of explains how he seems to lose track of the play all the time. No short term memory.

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#8 Colin
December 02 2011, 10:11AM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

Not related, but: word is Gio has ruptured tendons in his leg and is out long term.

So then does Feaster go out and do something stupid and find a replacement for him even though is painfully obvious that we are not making the playoffs and that overpayment isn't gonna help us at all.

Or does this now give him a good reason to start the rebuild early?

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#9 Bob
December 02 2011, 10:12AM
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I say go ahead a call Garth on the Island and see what he'd pay...he's the only GM that comes to mind who might consider the trade. On the other hand, if Gio is out long term like Kent has indicated, it does give Sarich a chance to get some ice time and maybe give some evidence that he can contribute.

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#10 Domebeers.com
December 02 2011, 10:18AM
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The option Sarich should choose, is of course, retirement.

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#11 T&A4Flames
December 02 2011, 10:30AM
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I mentioned this on the last post but I, unfortunately live in Edmonton so I get to hear other opinions on the Flames. The media guys here actually think there are several teams that would like to have Sarich. Let's hope. I like Sarich so I hope he gets to play somewhere.

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#12 jeremywilhelm
December 02 2011, 10:31AM
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Bahaha. Sarich you are old and terrible. And Darryl Sutter is no longer employed by anyone. No one will trade for you.

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#14 jeremywilhelm
December 02 2011, 10:46AM
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Gio's injury is pretty serious. Doubtful he comes back this year. He might never be the same skater if he does. :(

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#15 non descript
December 02 2011, 10:48AM
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good thing the flames have a stud like bouwmeester to carry the load with giordano out

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#16 kittensandcookies
December 02 2011, 10:48AM
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I requested to Sarich that he be a better d-man.

Let's see which one happens first.

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#17 everton fc
December 02 2011, 10:52AM
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Sarich, a good guy and hard worker, will need to accept no one will want him for his salary, maybe not at all... And will therefore have to humble himself for demotion to Abby, and re-entry, as Hagman did.

If no takers... He should retire and be offered a job in the organization, as he's done a lot of good work in the community. Unless he's a flake. Which he doesn't seem to be...

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#18 Subversive
December 02 2011, 10:56AM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

Not related, but: word is Gio has ruptured tendons in his leg and is out long term.

Gross.

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#19 Robert Vollman
December 02 2011, 11:00AM
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Dear Cory Sarich:

What do you think the Flames have likely been trying to do for at least a year?

Besides, if someone owes us that kind of favour we'll use it on Matt Stajan.

Signed, Everyone.

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#20 Rain Dogs
December 02 2011, 11:01AM
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You know what doesn't surprise me?

That Cory wants to go to a team where he can play in a 5th-6th role.

You know what does surprise me?

How much a bunch of fans can rip on the guy for being nearer to the end of his career.

We don't have to all be a bunch of bleeding hearts, but at the same time is complete lack of respect at any level, the status quo now?

He wants to go play hockey, not watch. And we laugh at the guy, call him useless and say he's a dreamer.

Nice fans. Classy Calgary, claaaaassy. Wonder why he'd want to leave? And no one wants to come.

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#21 Ross
December 02 2011, 11:10AM
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Tough season so far. I think it will be reasonbly easy to move Sarich at the deadline. He would be a decent depth guy for a team that hopes to run deep.

Return would be minimal, maybe a mid-late round pick, but he can be moved.

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#22 loudogYYC
December 02 2011, 11:14AM
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@Rain Dogs

Are you a book critic or a sports fan?

I think we're all entitled to vent our opinions on overpaid athletes.

If I made $3.6M a year thanks to an incompetent GM, I'd take it. I'd also learn how to live with all the criticism that comes with that price tag.

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#24 Rain Dogs
December 02 2011, 11:29AM
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@loudogYYC

Yeah, and overpaid athletes are all entitled to choose where they play as well.

Respect is a two-way street, so don't whine when it comes the other way.

As an athlete, I'd also learn to live with the power to decide to not live in cold, ugly cities.

Remember what Warrener said about nobody wanting to come to Calgary.

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#25 Riders
December 02 2011, 11:31AM
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I often spend time reviewing the comments on this page and for the most part I think they are well worth reading. However, as I was reading the comments on Sarich, I could not help but think they are quite derogatory. I could not agree more with the comments posted by Rain Dogs. I also think that everyone is entitled to vent on overpaid atheletes. I also think it is fair to point out that for a lot of other people reading the comments it lacks class.

The one thing I will miss about Sarch is that he seems(ed) to be the only Flame that has any sort of physical presence (maybe Comeau fills that now). if he is indeed traded, I will chose to remember the hit on Marleau as probably the single biggest turning point in a game that I have seen in 35+ years of playing and watching hockey.

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#26 Parallex
December 02 2011, 11:34AM
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mendicant wrote:

One's got to wonder what the going rate is for an slow, aging, overpaid D man who scored almost as many goals on his own net last year as the other team's.

If Darryl Sutter can find another job soon the answer to that question is a 3rd round pick (See: Staois, Steve). Edit: Nevermind, I see someone already beat me to that quip

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#27 Bob
December 02 2011, 11:51AM
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@ EVERYONE

We're all right. Whether the comments are derogatory or in Sarich's defense...everyone is right. All of us have a right to our opinion, right or wrong. Sarich has been a good soldier for this team and this community and that should not be overlooked. At the same time, his ability to contribute on the ice has decreased and the majority of the fan base want the team to get younger and faster, of which Cory is neither.

Some of the comments were maybe overboard, but at the same time we see athletes all the time that overstay their welcome because they can't see that maybe their time to be a prime time player has passed them by. And lets face it, we've already seen our share of of those in recent years. I don't blame Sarich for requesting a trade, and would like the cap relief too, but I hope he realizes it's a request that could take a long time to happen.

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#28 mikeH
December 02 2011, 11:52AM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

Not related, but: word is Gio has ruptured tendons in his leg and is out long term.

There is quite a range of damage that can be described as "ruptured tendons", so I wouldn't assume that he's necessarily cooked (for the season or his career). I ruptured a hamstring tendon a few years ago and it fully repaired. But it's not something that you can play on until its completely back, because it is very easy to re-injure. As I was recovering I accidentally stepped into a shallow depression and pulled it open. Right back to square one.

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#29 RKD
December 02 2011, 12:07PM
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Not only is Gio out indefinitely, according to TSN he will be evaluated in three more weeks. Meaning he will be gone for the entire month of December.

December: 15 more games to go, 4 sets of back to backs. 3/4 back to back games are on the road. Yikes! Late December, the Flames embark on a seven game road trip.

Some team will take Sarich, however, he might have to be packaged with either a roster player, or a pick. Sarich is a physical d-man and can eat up some minutes.

The Ducks took Hagman off waivers, so far he has one empty net goal.

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#30 everton fc
December 02 2011, 12:15PM
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Rain Dogs wrote:

You know what doesn't surprise me?

That Cory wants to go to a team where he can play in a 5th-6th role.

You know what does surprise me?

How much a bunch of fans can rip on the guy for being nearer to the end of his career.

We don't have to all be a bunch of bleeding hearts, but at the same time is complete lack of respect at any level, the status quo now?

He wants to go play hockey, not watch. And we laugh at the guy, call him useless and say he's a dreamer.

Nice fans. Classy Calgary, claaaaassy. Wonder why he'd want to leave? And no one wants to come.

And this:

"Remember what Warrener said about nobody wanting to come to Calgary."

Means a lot. Especially to UFAs.

I liked Sarich. Seems a decent guy. No one played harder in the playoffs vs. the Hawks when Keenan was coach than Sarich. And with a broken leg.

Sure, he's near the end of the line. But he's also played hard here, and has done a lot in the community. This used to mean something to the fans.

Not as much, these days...

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#31 kittensandcookies
December 02 2011, 12:28PM
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I don't blame Sarich for the contract. It's Daryl Sutter's fault.

If someone offered me that kind of money to sit in a press box, I'd take it.

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#33 Graham
December 02 2011, 12:42PM
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Feaster should try the Hagman approach, put Sarich on waivers and then on reentry. $1.8 million for vet leadership / depth might entice someone to take a chance.

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#34 schevvy
December 02 2011, 12:56PM
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How long will Gio be out for? I know it's long-term but what exactly does that mean? The season? A couple months? I think Feaster needs to try and make a move for a 5-6 dman who can maybe play top 4. Anyone out there?

I've always liked Sarich, and hope the best for him, but I can't see any return value for him. His chronic injuries and contracts will make it very difficult.

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#36 xis10ce
December 02 2011, 12:59PM
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It is conceivable to see him moved as a depth player come Feb, but it's unlikely any team would be interested in him right now given the size of the salary. For everybody concerned, I hope he can find a new home. It would be a mutually beneficial situation if that could happen.

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#37 gussey
December 02 2011, 01:21PM
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I always liked Sarich, just not in the last couple seasons. Too old and slow right now. Back in his day he was a beast though and I think he was worth the 3.6 mil when sutter signed him. The Marleau hit was one of the best plays in Flames history. That being said, he's too slow now and no one will take his 3.6 this year until the deadline possibly. Maybe by then they can get a third pick or something like that.

I'm a flames fan in Edmonton and everyone up here is talking about the needed flames build. What is really bad is that people here are less making fun of calgary and more feeling sorry for us. The talk on the radio was that they could get a lot for iginla and kipper. They were thinking iggy in washington would gaurantee them a cup and the caps have lots of prospects to send back. I think the gio injury maybe the best thing to happen to this team because it will force the rebuild. It needs to happen. I see the excitement over the oilers up here and I want that again about the Flames. Watching the game last night was sad, you can just feel the lack of confidence on the team.

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#38 Super_Gio
December 02 2011, 01:22PM
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Just isnt working out for him...too bad should try the waiver wire however.

And how doomed are we now with Gio going down indefinitely with ruptured leg tendons....my goodness thats nasty.

mekail gregerenko may not be out of question...

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#39 marcus
December 02 2011, 01:27PM
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He's always been a class act. No need to be overly critical. Even after Gio went down they probably offered him nothing because his will to compete has been washed away by the sands of time.

Patrick Marleau is hopeful you go far far away.

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#40 Vintage Flame
December 02 2011, 01:46PM
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@Colin

Also, Sarich probably saw VFs tweets about him, pushed him over the edge

I don't think this trade is going to happen given what Kent has outlined and other things that would factor in, but in the event that the Flames are able to deal Sarich, I would like to think I did my part.

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#41 Vintage Flame
December 02 2011, 02:00PM
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@Rain Dogs

Yeah, and overpaid athletes are all entitled to choose where they play as well.

How do you figure? What's that conversation sound like?

Sarich: "I would like to be traded to a better team... Please."

Feaster: "Okay.. Leave it with me"

Feaster [On phone]" We are offering Cory Sarich, what you got?"

GM X: "Sarich eh? What's he make again?"

Feaster [Mumbling]: "3.3 M"

GM X:"What's the Cap hit"

Feaster: "Oh, that's 3.6 M"

GM X: *click*

[Repeat process 3 more times]

Sarich: "So Jay, what's our options?"

Feaster: "Cory, these are retirement papers... Look them over!"

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#42 RexLibris
December 02 2011, 02:01PM
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Sarich demanding a trade? Sometimes life writes a better punchline than anyone could think of.

I'm not trying to jump on Sarich, but the cynic in me is always amused when someone with a NTC (or NMC, in this case) demands a trade because the hypocrisy is so blatant it leaves one speechless.

I have also heard some media members in Edmonton say that Sarich might have value to the right team, but with his record of late and his cap hit and his NMC I think he might be only slightly easier to move than Sheldon Souray was for the Oilers last year.

Regarding Giordano, my suggestion to Flames fans would be, if he comes back at all this year, have moderate expecations for March. And remember, I'm an Oiler fan, I know my season-ending injuries! ;)

Seriously, though, this might be what the team ultimately needed in order to properly expose their lack of depth and how close they are to falling into the basement of the standings. When a team is healthy, even if they are struggling, it can mask deeper issues within a roster. Injuries and the challenges they bring often shine a light on flaws that would otherwise go unnoticed.

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#43 ALL THE WAY IN
December 02 2011, 02:03PM
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One hell of a playoff performer, albeit 3 years ago...

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#44 Scott
December 02 2011, 02:19PM
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So is this what Iggy can expect 2 years from now when his performance has dropped off and he grossly overpaid? Trying to be thrown into retirement or forced to sit in the pressbox? Being Blamed for the contract he signed a millenium ago?

Sarich was a really good player, and from all accounts a great teammate. It sickens me when a situation like this is created. He signs the contract and years down the line when his play falls off, its his fault that 4 years ago he sign the contract.

I'm sure if he was able to cancel his contract and sign at a lower salary just to play he would. Your seeing in the NFL already this year with QB's. He knows he isn't as good as he was 4 years ago, but wants to play. My hope was that he would retire a Flame. But if not, I wish him the best and hope he gets on with another team. Lets hope this is rectified in the next CBA.

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#45 Karasu89
December 02 2011, 02:21PM
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@Colin

hahaha great response buddy

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#46 the forgotten man
December 02 2011, 03:11PM
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So Sarich's feelings are hurt and is sad cause he doesn't play regularly...Kent, can you mix in a little "whiny violin" with a some "sad trombone".

I don't feel bad for Sarich and frankly don't care if he WAS a decent player at one time and is Mother Teresa in the Calgary community...tough luck, Buttercup.

What I do care about is that the Flames are TODAY (Present Tense...Rain Dogs) paying him 3.6 million, and what he brings to the rink is garbage.

Rain Dogs...in the REAL WORLD where people actually have to go to work 12 months of the year / make $50,000 and deal with sh*t all day...if we decide to slack off, bring a Country Club attitude to work or god forbid do not perform up to expectations...guess what we get fired.

But so sad for Pro Athletes who are coddled their entire lives and had smoke blown up their collective as*es their whole adult life... then yeah, Sarich probably is sad and confused that for the first time in his life things aren't going quite to script.

The only yap that should come from his trap, is if one of his weekly $69,230.77 cheques from the Flames Org bounces. Otherwise, shut up and eat your popcorn in the pressbox.

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#47 kittensandcookies
December 02 2011, 03:11PM
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Sarich for Paajarvi.

Sarich becomes a 3-4 d-man, we get someone that might have an upside.

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#48 SickFloBro
December 02 2011, 03:16PM
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To be perfectly honest, I'm not a huge fan of Cory Sarich's play over the last couple of seasons. He's lost a step, and I've seen him get turned inside out more often than a reversible jacket. That being said, when we signed Cory to the contrat that we did, he was worth every penny.

We were paying Regehr an average of $4.02. A cap hit of $3.6 for a 6'4", 200+ pound defender with a Stanley Cup ring seems like a real steal to me, folks. We've seen him step up his play in the playoffs before (right, Marleau?), and we all know he can be a physical presence.

Get off the guy's back.

It's not as if he's the lone problem on our team. Cory has done what the Flames have asked him to, and he's done it with a great deal of class and professionalism. Do I like the idea of shelling out an average of $3.6 million per year for a guy that's sitting on the sidelines? Of course not. But I'm surprised at the lack of respect for a loyal guy that has payed the price game in and game out for our team.

Yeah, he's lost a step, and no, he's not always the greatest defender. But players are people and they need to be treated as such. Someone will take this guy. In fact, I'd be shocked if someone didn't snatch him up at or before the trade deadline.

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#49 John F
December 02 2011, 03:25PM
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I wonder sometimes if those commenting have any familiarity of of what other teams have for poor contracts. It is the result of long term deals-if you go to a sight such as CapGeek you will see every team has some bad contracts they are dealing with. Most long term contracts mean high value on the front end and diminishing value on the tail end. Sometimes if you want certain players that is the market price. At least ours are shorter term versus the Luongo, Yashin, Kovalchuk variety.

I'm with those who say that Sarich is in the last year of a contract which doesn't currently show good value. He is a guy who played injured all last year (and many times before) and in my opinion deserves a bit of respect.

He will be one of the lst remaining true physical players remaining on the team and unfortunately that kind of wear and tear has taken its toll.

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#50 stallsky
December 02 2011, 03:27PM
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Why today of all days. Why not when you go from 6th in depth to 8th. Well as we all know now Gio is out 6 weeks at least. Why did Sarich make this demand publicly today? With Gio down he would get a shot at some ice time. I've been on the Trade Sarich a long time and don't see why he waits till today?

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