Found October 10, 2013 on Pro Sports Daily:
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Too old. Too slow. The game passed him by. Throw-in. Had to take him. Those were some of the unflattering things said about Cory Sarich when a trade sending him from the Calgary Flames to the Avalanche was announced this summer right before the NHL draft. He was a 35-year-old defenseman who often was a healthy scratch with one of the worst teams in the league last season. Expectations were low for the native of Saskatoon Saskatchewan. Could he even stick with the Avs? The answer: a resounding yes. Nobody is ready to hand him a Norris Trophy just yet but Sarich has been the Avs' best defenseman in their 3-0 start. After Tuesday's game at Toronto — where he scored his first goal in 65 games and only his 21st in 918 games overall — Sarich has a plus-5 rating. He is averaging 18:44 of ice time for coach Patrick Roy paired with a fellow newcomer to the Avs Andre Benoit. He is sticking it to the Flames whom Sarich said didn't have faith in him. "It was just the opinio...
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