According to Vicki Hall of the Calgary Herald, the Flames have re-signed 28-year old left winger Curtis Glencross. The former Oiler/Blue Jacket established himself a legitimate second/third line player in Calgary, particularly last year when he tallied a career high 24 goals and 43 points in 79 games.
There was speculation in Calgary the Flames would lose Glencross as a UFA this coming season given the organizations lack of cap space and his escalating value in the wake of his first 20+ goal season. A fast winger who can play on both the penalty kill and the power play, Glencross has routinely been amongst the Flames leaders in terms of possession rates since he arrived in 2008-09. In fact, Glencross, David Moss and Craig Conroy combined to form one of the most effective third lines in the game, with Moss and Glencross finishing around the +20 corsi/60 mark that season. To put that in perspective, their peers by that metric that year were Pavel Datysuk (+23.03) and Alexander Ovechkin (+18.97). Heady company, even if Glencross and Moss weren’t facing a similar level of competition.
The reputed cap hit for Glencross’ new deal is an entirely sensible $2.55M over four years. If those rumored figures prove accurate, Jay Feaster has likely found himself a bargain, even if Glencross is never able to replicate his 24-goal season going forward. A 40-point forward who can severely outplay other middle-tier NHL skaters and capably perform on both special teams is a very useful animal to have, particularly at a cost below $3 million per season. There’s also little question Glencross could have demanded more on the open market this summer, particularly given how shallow UFA pool is shaping up to be.
With Glencross out of the way, all eyes now turn to Alex Tanguay who is probably the Flames biggest in-house pending UFA remaining. As things stand currently, the club has about $56 million committed to next season, meaning they have approximately $5-6 million in space to sign or replace about seven players (Adam Pardy, Steve Staios, Anton Babchuk, Henrik Karlsson, Brendan Morrison and the aforementioned Tanguay). A tight pretty squeeze. Ales Kotalik should probably start packing his bags for Europe right…
INSTANT UPDATE – Bob McKenzie has confirmed the contract details, including a NMC.