Sarich in "wait and see" mode
"I love Calgary and it's home," the rugged blueliner said on Monday. "If they are interested, we would have a real discussion.
"You want to go where you're wanted. That's the biggest thing. It usually makes a good fit. I'm not sure what will happen moving forward. There haven't been any indications yet."
Sarich has been with the Flames for the last five years after signing as a free agent during the summer of 2007. In his first two years with the franchise, his physical presence was particularly noticable in the playoffs. His hit on Patrick Marleau in 2008 is probably his most memorable moment as a Flame but he also was in the Blackhawks face in 2009 during the six-game series against Chicago.
Those memories are dear to the 33 year-old and if he does become an unrestricted free agent in the summer, he'll leave with a sense of sadness over not being able to experience the postseason on a much more regular basis with the club.
"It already feels like those memories have faded a bit because it's been three years since we've experienced it.
"I will miss that. I haven't wrestled too much with those thoughts (of leaving this summer) - maybe a bit more in the past week. I've really enjoyed my time here. I've played with some great guys. My first couple years here being a playoff team was special."
Sarich provided the team with a huge boost as they battled for a postseason position down the stretch with his physical play but his season didn't start off the way he would have liked.
He spent the summer dealing with osteitis pubis, a non-infectious inflammation in the pelvis. His offseason training regimen was basically put on hold and he wasn't able to hit the ice with the team until Sept. 28th.
"I was dealing with a few things like not sure if my injury was going to hold up and then obviously having a little bit of a different role at the start of the season. It took a little bit to iron out the wrinkles.
"Then there was time sitting there - wasn't real happy with that. I worked through it and kind of got back to where I thought my game needed to be."
Sarich played 62 games this season, picking up one goal, seven points and 66 penalty minutes.