Lightning lock up Sarich
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Sarich, 25, appeared in all 82 regular season games and was one of three defensemen to appear in all 23 Stanley Cup playoff games for the Lightning. He finished the season with career-highs of three goals and 16 assists for 19 points. "From every aspect, Cory Sarich is the epitome of a Tampa Bay Lightning player," executive vice president & general manager Jay Feaster said. "He is certainly one of our core players and we look forward to Cory being a leading contributor to many successful Tampa Bay Lightning teams in the future." Having completed four full seasons with the Lightning, Sarich was acquired in a 2000 trade with the Buffalo Sabres. Since joining the Lightning, he has appeared in 244 regular season games, recording four goals, 37 assists and 342 penalty minutes. A 6-foot-3, 204-pound native of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Sarich played parts of two seasons in Buffalo before joining the Lightning in 1999-00.