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from Scott Cruickshank of the Calgary Herald,
The veteran blue-liner is seeking employment in the National Hockey League.
As of Tuesday, he was still waiting.
“I spoken with a few teams,” Sarich, 37, said after an informal morning session at WinSport. “That’s been obviously the goal — to try to see if there’s any interest out there. Nothing so far. I’m just going to keep skating … trying to get my legs underneath me.”
As most people know, the former member of the Calgary Flames hasn’t suited up since that horrific cycling crash in Invermere, B.C.
That was July 2014.
Sarich suffered five cracked vertebrae, muffler-burns on his shoulder and wrist from sliding under the offending truck, severe road rash. (“My helmet was busted up in probably seven or more pieces,” he said a month after the wreck. “It was just in pieces hanging by the chinstrap and was actually choking me, so good thing I had that on because it helped in saving my life.”)
Sarich, not surprisingly, was unable to perform at all last season.
But after a full summer of training alongside brother-in-law Nick Schultz, defenceman of the Philadelphia Flyers, Sarich says he’s eager to resume his career.
from Kristen Odland of the Calgary Herald,
Sarich had gone out for a morning ride on July 21, taking his hybrid bike along Windermere Loop Road — a challenging, 40-minute training session on a quiet road.
He approached a descent and spotted an oncoming grey Ford F-350 Ford truck. The driver made a left-hand turn in front of him without signalling. Sarich used his brakes and tried to stay in control of his bike but skidded and ended up sliding underneath the vehicle on his stomach.
The driver’s right rear tire had driven over his back, nearly crushing his body. Sarich suffered five cracked vertebrae, burns on his shoulder and wrist from the truck’s muffler, a swollen left arm and leg, a large laceration on his head, and a serious case of road rash.
Shaken, shocked and bleeding extensively, Sarich still managed to stand up and called for help.
“The first thing in my mind was, ‘I’m not going to die here right now, so let’s get this thing moving,'” recalled the Saskatoon native, who was drafted 27th overall in the 1996 NHL entry draft. “I wasn’t sure of the severity of my injuries. I’d worn off all the ends of my fingertips. I was bleeding from everywhere, I had so much road rash.
“My helmet was busted up in probably seven or more pieces. It was just in pieces hanging by the chinstrap and was actually choking me, so good thing I had that on because it helped in saving my life.”
There's been a significant amount of confusion regarding some Tweets made by former Colorado Avalanche defenseman Cory Sarich today, so the Avalanche issued a summary of Sarich's condition:
Sarich Recovering Following Cycling Accident
15-season NHL veteran planning to return
Veteran NHL defenceman Cory Sarich was injured in a cycling accident while training in Invermere, BC, on the morning of Monday, July 21, 2014. Sarich was struck by a motor vehicle and was airlifted to a hospital in Calgary, AB. He is in stable condition and his injuries are not considered life-threatening. The full extent of his injuries and the timeline for his recovery and return to the NHL is unclear.
via Roger Millions tweet,
#Flames have signed Cory Sarich to 2 year. 2 million dollar per season contract.
Calgary, AB – The Calgary Flames announced today that they have signed defenseman Cory Sarich.
“When we set about the process of improving our blue line we identified the need for a puck-mover who could play the point on the power play and help us offensively, and we also wanted a time-space eliminator who hits and competes and brings a sandpaper element to his game,” said Flames General Manager Jay Feaster. “We took care of the first need yesterday by acquiring and signing Dennis Wideman, and we checked the box on the second need today by re-upping Cory Sarich. Cory is a true competitor who plays the game the right way, with fire and grit. He is capable of delivering the big hit and as such keeps opposing players honest, he eliminates time and space down low, he moves the puck well with a good first pass, he is one of the leaders in our room, and he is a well-liked and well-respected teammate. We are thrilled to have Cory back in the fold on a contract that fits within our plan and enables us to continue to improve our hockey team.”
from Vicki Hall of the Calgary Herald,
Sarich sat down with general manager Jay Feaster in May for an exit interview to conclude the 2011/12 season. Since then, he has heard nothing from the Flames.
In all honesty, he hopes they’ll call before July 1.
“I’m very, very open to being here again,” he said. “I think we’ve got a pretty good group of guys. I like being in Calgary. There’s obviously a few things that need to change with the lack of success we’ve had in the last few years.
“But I’d excited to be a Calgary Flame again.”
The last time around in free agency, Sarich signed a five-year deal worth $18 million. The dollar figure will likely be significantly less this time around, but don’t discount the role Sarich played for the Flames last year on the back end.
A healthy scratch at times in the fall, the six foot-three 210-pounder logged upwards of 20 minutes a night by the end of the season on a pairing with Jay Bouwmeester. If Sarich leaves, the Flames will dearly miss his physical presence.
Hall will not return, Sarich received 2 for roughing for the scrum that followed.
added 11:28pm, a better quality video has been added below…
NEW YORK (Dec. 31, 2011) – Calgary Flames defenseman Cory Sarich has been fined $2,500, the maximum allowed under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for making contact with the head of an opponent who did not play the puck, Ottawa Senators forward Erik Condra, in NHL Game No. 552 in Ottawa on Friday, Dec. 30, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.
The incident occurred at 7:46 of the third period. A minor penalty for interference was assessed to Sarich.
via Steve MacFarlane of the Calgary Sun,
While even members of the Pittsburgh Penguins sitting up in the press box considered Flames defenceman Cory Sarich’s hit on Penguins pest Matt Cooke clean Saturday night during a 5-3 Calgary loss at the Saddledome, hockey operations will offer up tape for a closer look.
It’s tough to argue against the idea of making sure it was clean — even against a guy as polarizing as Cooke — but if every big hit in the league is going to be shipped to Sheriff Shanahan, he’s not going to have much time to himself.
The hit in question was a hard check from Sarich in the second period that looked like it first connected with Cooke’s sternum. Cooke’s head snapped back on the followthrough, but after shaking it off, he joined the scrum when teammates jumped to his defence.
Sarich was not penalized for the hit but did receive a double minor for roughing in the altercation that took place after the hit.
Watch the hit in question below…
A hard check was delivered to Suter by the Flames Cory Sarich. It was a shoulder to shoulder type of hit, but you can see it was almost a knee on knee hit too.
added 11:11pm, via Joshua Cooper tweet,
Trotz on Suter’s lower-body injury: “No, not too serious, he may miss a little bit of time here, but nothing major.”