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Calgary has really expensive healthy scratches

Nov 13, 2011, 11:25 AM EDT

Jay Feaster AP

Interesting story out of Denver last night from Vicki Hall of the Calgary Herald. The Flames snapped a two-game losing skid with a 4-3 win over the Avalanche, and they did it with over $7 million parked in the press box.

Cory Sarich ($3.6 million cap hit), Matt Stajan ($3.5 mil) and Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond ($525,000) were all part of the suits-n-popcorn crew, and it’s not the first time this has happened. Sarich has been parked the last four games, Stajan’s only made 12 appearances this year and Letorneau-Leblond has played under 15 minutes. Not under 15 minutes a game — 15 minutes this season.

Oh, and just to re-iterate: They’re all healthy scratches.

How is a proud man like Sarich, 33, doing in light of his assignment to the press box?

“I can’t stand it,” he said. “Other than that, I’m fine.

“What am I supposed to say?”

Inquiring minds want to know: is the nagging pelvic injury that hampered him last season causing him difficulty again? Is he healthy?

“I am healthy,” he said, enunciating every syllable.” I don’t really have anything else to say.”

Throw in the fact Niklas Hagman ($3 million) was recently assigned to the American Hockey League and you’ve got a team with over $10 million in unused players.

I haven’t seen such a waste of money since the Kardashian-Humphries wedding. (PHT: Your home for stale topical humor and pop culture references.)

  1. kandh2004 - Nov 13, 2011 at 12:13 PM

    That’s the second Kardashian joke on this site today (PFT had one to) but this one probably is a better comparison

    • imleftcoast - Nov 13, 2011 at 3:14 PM

      Second joke? That fat butt of hers is the laughing stock of the rest of the world. How stupid can a country be to have her as a celebrity?

  2. unknowneric - Nov 13, 2011 at 12:59 PM

    That’s okay, Feaster’s clearly used to carrying a little extra weight.

    /insert rim shot.

  3. ratflop - Nov 13, 2011 at 1:59 PM

    I always get the Marlies and the Flames mixed up.

  4. gbiscottagecheesefatties - Nov 13, 2011 at 2:11 PM

    Have another snickers bar

  5. rricardinho - Nov 13, 2011 at 2:50 PM

    john goodman is not a hockey mind

    • danphipps01 - Nov 13, 2011 at 4:02 PM

      And suddenly, the Flames’ disaster in motion makes an awful kind of sense.

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