Sarich back at practice, paired with Pardy

RANDY SPORTAK, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:55 AM ET

After missing a week's worth of practices and games due to a sore foot suffered when he blocked a shot, defenceman Cory Sarich finally practised with his teammates yesterday.

"The bike, I'm sick and tired of it already," Sarich said. "I saw a lot of it at the end of last year and thought I'd kicked it to the curb. But I'm back on it again."

Sarich was paired with Adam Pardy yesterday in what was a teaching practice.

"I was looking more for a leg push today, but we had a lot of meetings and teaching stuff, so I've got to get another little bike ride in here," Sarich said. "It'll be two hard practices (before the season opener), and I should be good."

Although he missed a week, he said the time off was good for him heading into the year.

"It gave me a chance to get over all those nicks and bumps you acquire in the first few exhibition games because you're not used to it," he said. "My shoulders were killing me, but now I feel good.

"I've just got to get my legs under me."

AWAITING WORD

Forwards Colin Stuart, Jamie Lundmark and Jason Jaffray were placed on waivers. All three could be sent to the minors today, provided they aren't claimed.

It's hard to believe the team would send all three down to the AHL's Abbotsford Heat, but Stuart isn't banking that having a one-way contract will keep him in Calgary.

"That's nothing to rest on," Stuart said. "You don't play that way. I'm not the type of person to say, 'Just because of (the salary), it doesn't matter where I am.' This is the pinnacle of my profession. I want to be in the National Hockey League. No matter my contract, this is where I want to be."

Lundmark and Jaffray have two-way deals.

RANDY.SPORTAK@SUNMEDIA.CA


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