Sarich keeps eye on youngsters
By DAMIAN CRISTODERO, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published January 5, 2003
ST. LOUIS -- Cory Sarich has a soft spot for the Canadian Junior team that faces Russia tonight in the World Championships final. The Lightning defenseman played for the 1997 team, the last from Canada to win the title.
"I like this team," he said Saturday. "It reminds me of our team in '97. We had a couple of lines that just grinded everybody and hit everything that moved, and guys who could put the puck in the net, too."
Sarich and center Brad Richards will watch on television. "It's one of the best tournaments in the world to watch," said Richards, who played for Canada in 2000. "I'm as much of a fan as anyone else in Canada."
Sarich said he is more interested in individual players.
"I'm not really emotionally attached to the whole tournament," he said. "I get excited for the guys."
But he likes the friendly competition with teammates. Asked if he jabs Russian goalie Nikolai Khabibulin, Sarich said, "Not so much. He doesn't get as worked up."
Khabibulin led the Commonwealth of Independent States to the 1992 title.
"It was awesome," Khabibulin said. "You have to do it to feel what it's like. You really can't explain it."
MINOR INCONVENIENCE: General manager Jay Feaster said he prefers rookie center Alexander Svitov be with Tampa Bay instead of AHL Springfield. But with the determination that the team, because of all the bumps and bruises, needed a seventh defenseman for the trip to Calgary and St. Louis, roster room had to be cleared.
Feaster said Svitov needs to play, and he can be sent to the minors without clearing waivers. "We're not going to bury him there," Feaster said. "We're not going to lose him. I envision him there for a couple of weeks so he gets six or seven games under his belt, and we'll bring him back here."
Svitov has struggled offensively with two goals and two assists in 25 games and has not gotten off the fourth line, averaging 7:13 of ice time.
"In a perfect situation, we'd like to have him here," Feaster said. "But having him play is good, too."
ICE CHIPS: Because the circus has been at the St. Pete Times Forum, the ice must be remade for Tuesday's game against the Red Wings. Given the usual state of the ice at the arena, Richards said he is not concerned.
"I don't think it's going to get much worse," he said. "So it's not anything we're going to worry about." ODDS AND ENDS: Defenseman Brad Lukowich strained his neck Saturday and is day to day. ... Right wing Ben Clymer (groin) is expected to practice Monday and be ready for the Red Wings. ... Right wing Jimmie Olvestad and defenseman Darren Rumble were scratched.
Back to the Lightning
LightningLightning comes up short against Blues
Sarich keeps eye on youngsters
RaysDaulton again faces DUI charge
Rays calling this a produce market
BucsDefensive trio tops All-Pros
Surprised Bucs start new plan
Could Bucs and Parcells work a trade?
Hubert Mizell: Overpaid ... underworked?
Falcons pack wallop
Jets fly on; Dungy grounded again
Jets won't stop until job is done
Familiarity feels right to Browns
Talk heats up between rivals, or not
With TD, Favre in top group
Turnabout is rich for Giants DE
Fassel takes charge in playoff run
Grossman will leave Florida to enter draft
Fiesta Bowl simply stunning
McGahee will return after surgery on knee
Season on the bubble
SIU 74, Illinois State 65
Defending champ pulls out of Australian Open
Belfour makes 50 saves to carry Leafs
Undefeated LSU beats Texas for 2nd time in 8 days
UConn women's streak lives after OT victory
1st game in UM's new home is a win
No. 1 Alabama rebounds with 65-58 victory
Pickett leads FSU in easy win over Virginia Tech 76-69
Oklahoma State's D controls BYU 78-65
KL Bahama Boyd takes inside track to run away at Inaugural
Frayer's Olympic dream comes with a price tag
Husband, wife shine in debut
UNF student wins despite his wrong turn
Organizers exceed goal of 10,000 participants
Nets toe the line to top Magic
Gaither's title bid falls short
Wharton can't keep pace
Comeback Vikings edge Patriots
Clearwater impressive against nation's best
Panthers, Pirates enjoy wins
Daily fishing report
Cold winds haven't stoppedhot bites around many piers
Glazers need to be grounded