According to Sportsnet’s Roger Millions, the Calgary Flames have re-upped with UFA defenseman Cory Sarich on a two-year deal worth $4 million.
The initial reaction to the deal — at least among those following the situation — was “uh, wha?”
Sarich was a healthy scratch on numerous occasions last year and things reaching a boiling point in December, when he reportedly demanded a trade out of Calgary.
Sarich quickly refuted those claims and returned to being a lineup regular, though his reemergence coincided with fellow defenseman Mark Giordano going down for the year with ruptured tendons in his leg. One wonders what would’ve happened if Giordano didn’t get hurt.
Regardless, the 33-year-old Sarich is now officially back with the Flames. If you’re curious, his $2 million cap hit means Calgary is now spending quite a bit for its blueline — Sarich, Jay Bouwmeester, Dennis Wideman, Mark Giordano, Anton Babchuk and Chris Butler will collectively earn $21.7 million next season.
Comparatively, the Stanley Cup-winning Kings will pay just over $18 million for its top six of Drew Doughty, Willie Mitchell, Rob Scuderi, Matt Greene, Slava Voynov and Alec Martinez.
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