Curtis Glencross

Report: Calgary Flames sign Curtis Glencross to multi-year deal

The Calgary Flames didn’t make the playoffs, but they still spent like a team that did. Despite that notion, some of the team’s biggest success stories in the post-Darryl Sutter turnaround were their “budget” players.

Along with the impressive finish by not-so-budget captain Jarome Iginla ($7.5 million cap hit), the Flames received great contributions from cheap veterans Alex Tanguay ($1.7 million, 69 points), Brendan Morrison ($725K, 43 points) and rising young forward Curtis Glencross ($1.2 million, 43 points). Unfortunately, with that silver lining there was a catch: Tanguay, Morrison and Glencross ranked among the team’s pending free agents. That’s not a great thing since the team isn’t exactly swimming in salary cap room.

While Tanguay and Morrison remain question marks, Glencross avoided unrestricted free agency by signing with the team. Vicki Hall of the Calgary Herald writes that it is a multi-year deal with a “significant raise” and a no-movement clause, although terms have not yet been revealed.

The salary cap is expected to be around $62.2 million in 2011-12, so the Flames will have about $8.9 million to work with before the Glencross deal. They have a bit less than $53.3 million devoted to 16 players at the moment, so it will be interesting to see how much the team has left once the terms of the contract are announced.

Either way, the Flames re-signed a forward who finished the 2010-11 season on a hot streak, scoring 24 of his 43 points (including 12 of his 24 goals) in his final 31 games after the All-Star Break. We’ll let you know the damage of the deal when those details are released.

Vatrano presence: Bruins edge Red Wings in overtime

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The Boston Bruins keep flipping the script.

In Wednesday’s case, it swerved to a “Cinderella” story, as little-known forward Frank Vatrano scored two of Boston’s three goals – including the overtime clincher – as the B’s beat the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 (OT).

Here’s his first goal of the night:

While this is his overtime game-winner:

It wasn’t a perfect night for the 21-year-old, yet it may have been a convincing one.

The Bruins continue to begin a month on a sour note before ending up with impressive sprees.

October: 0-3-0 start, finished month with four straight wins and victories in six of seven contests.

November: 0-3-0 start, losses in four of five; currently on a four-game winning strek with victories in five of six.

Boston faces a challenge in closing this month out against the Rangers on Friday, and it’s possible that this trend may continue, as they begin December with a three-game road trip through Western Canada.

More than anything else, the safest bet with the Bruins is for ups and downs.

Crosby roars, Malkin scores in OT for Penguins win

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Controversy just seems to find the Pittsburgh Penguins. Credit Sidney Crosby & Co. for responding with a win on Wednesday.

Crosby generated two pretty goals, including this slam-dunk slapper:

… While Evgeni Malkin‘s overtime-winner stood as the Penguins managed a 4-3 overtime win against the St. Louis Blues tonight.

(You can see Malkin’s OT-clincher in the video above this post.)

Will this win and strong performance from Crosby silence murmurs about his relationship with Mario Lemieux? Probably not, yet it likely turns the volume down in some ways, including killing the “Is he struggling because of distractions” storyline.

You know, at least for a little while. Maybe.

Fight video: Claude Giroux vs. Nick Leddy

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Claude Giroux isn’t the nastiest, most physical captain the Philadelphia Flyers have employed. Even so, he can be feisty at times.

Wednesday showed that, as he clearly wasn’t happy with an earlier Nick Leddy hit, and eventually got the New York Islanders defenseman to drop his gloves.

You can see the fight and the check that inspired that scrap in the video above.

It’s the fourth fight Giroux has been a part of, with his most recent adversary being may his most bitter rival.

Not a heavyweight bout between Giroux and Leddy, mind you, but sometimes it’s amusing to soak in such a rare sight.

Update: The fight may have inspired the Islanders more than the Flyers, as they bested Philly 3-1 on Wednesday.

Carter Hutton gets flipped, stays in game

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Carter Hutton is getting something that might make fellow Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne jealous: goal support.

Still, there was at least one moment where Rinne was likely happy to be on the bench, as Hutton was left flipping during this collision with Buffalo Sabres forward Marcus Foligno:

Remarkably, Hutton remained in the game.

If you’re the type who loves adding to your “hockey players are tough” files, put this under the goalies section.

Check out this incredible shot of that moment:

Update: The Predators held off the Buffalo Sabres to win 3-2.