The news comes via Sportsnet this Friday morning, and it's not terribly surprising. Sarich has been a healthy scratch quite a bit lately, and when guys are getting paid $3.6 million against the cap each year, they expect to be on the ice, not in the press box.
Sarich no longer brings anything of any value to the club. His contract has been a burden for years and is more than likely immovable. Cory probably feels like he can still play important minutes on an NHL team, and here's where the pity kicks in; because he can't.
I mean, sure, you can throw him out there and he'll play - but he'll take asinine penalties, give up odd-man rushes by taking himself completely out of the play in futile attempts at big hits and turn the puck over at a rate that would make even Anders Eriksson and Andrei Zyuzin shake their heads.
Harsh, but an honest observation of his play. Sarich isn't worth the money he's guaranteed, and that's an awkward position for everybody that's involved. It also means that he and the Flames are likely stuck together, no matter how many trades he asks for. Hey, at least the deal is up at the end of this season.