CALGARY, Alberta (AP) -Cory Sarich signed a five-year, $18 million contract with the Flames on Sunday, the first day of free agency.
The 28-year-old defenseman spent the past seven seasons with Tampa Bay, where he won the Stanley Cup in 2004 against Calgary. He has played in all 82 regular-season games in each of the past four seasons.
Signing Sarich addressed the most pressing need for Flames general manger Darryl Sutter after Roman Hamrlik and Brad Stuart became free agents Sunday. Sutter was looking for a player capable of partnering with either Robyn Regehr or Dion Phaneuf.
Now he can focus on trying to sign Regehr and captain Jarome Iginla to extensions. Both players are due to become free agents in a year.
``I think we're still working on the details of both of them,'' Sutter said Sunday. ``There's a lot more to it than just money. We'll get it worked out.''
Advertisement

Top NHL Public Bets

NHL Top Stories

Thumbnail Malkin, Pittsburgh tackle rising Carolina The Penguins are not without their problems as the NHL closes in on the All-Star break. Fortunately for Mike Sullivan’s bunch, it’s producing more than...
Thumbnail Sophomore sensation carries load for Oilers Not only does Edmonton boast the NHL’s leading scorer in Connor McDavid, but it features arguably the hottest netminder on the...
Thumbnail Crosby focused on resuscitating Pens Riding a nine-game winning streak, Washington is the hottest team in hockey right now. But will the league’s third-leading scorer throw a wrench into the Caps’...
Thumbnail Western Conference titans clash shortly John Gibson is acclimating quite nicely to his new role as the Ducks’ workhorse in net. Still, can the 23-year-old cool off the Blues tonight?
Thumbnail Elite netminders lock horns in Montreal Two of the NHL’s most explosive offenses are preparing to collide in Quebec. With Carey Price and Henrik Lundqvist on the scene, however, will stellar...
Advertisement

NHL Team Pages