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This is not a joke: Cory Sarich demands to be traded

Dec 2, 2011, 11:11 AM EDT

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Players demanding to be traded just ain’t what it used to be.

Sportsnet’s Roger Millions reports that Calgary’s Cory Sarich has asked the Flames to trade him so he can stop watching games from the press box and start playing in them.

While it’s noble that Sarich wants an opportunity to play games again and free Calgary from his $3.6 million cap hit, it’s going to be awfully hard to find a team that has that kind of salary space for a fifth or sixth defenseman.

While Sarich is a physical blueliner that’s happy to drop the gloves, his skills have fallen to where the struggling Flames aren’t playing him. With Sarich due to be a free agent after this season, he makes out to be a very expensive (and not overly useful) rental player. Good luck to GM Jay Feaster for trying to help grant Sarich’s wish.

Chances are if Sarich is going to be “traded” at all, it’ll be to the Flames AHL affiliate in Abbotsford.

  1. cshearing - Dec 2, 2011 at 12:00 PM

    He will probably be able to be traded at the deadline for someone looking for D depth for a playoff push, but even that will net very little.

  2. govtminion - Dec 2, 2011 at 12:20 PM

    Any trade is going to have to include a re-do of his contract. He’s just not worth that kind of money (debatable if he ever was)- no team, no matter how bad their defense looks, will take on a deal like that in December. To the AHL with you, and say hello to Wade Redden for us.

  3. zonedogz - Dec 2, 2011 at 2:10 PM

    Any trade will probably bring him a new view from a different press box.

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