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Update: Flames sign Curtis Glencross to four-year, $10.2M deal

Earlier today, we passed along reports that the Calgary Flames signed Curtis Glencross to a multi-year deal. The terms have now been revealed: the Flames re-signed him to a four-year, $10.2 million deal.

That works out to a cap hit of $2.55 million per season, a considerable upgrade from his last contract of $1.2 million per year. If the salary cap is indeed $62.2 million, the Flames will have about $6.35 million in cap space going into the summer. Calgary currently has about $55.85 million devoted to 17 players, based on previous marks from

While the 2010-11 season was a career year for Glencross with 43 total points, that career-high only bests his second highest mark by three points. The thing that made Glencross seem like a big potential loss was his red-hot finish, though. He scored 24 of his 43 points (and 12 of his 24 goals) in the 31 games following the All-Star Break as the Flames rode a hot post-Darryl Sutter run just a few strides short of a playoff berth.

The signing gives credibility to the idea that Jay Feaster will remove “interim” from his title and become a full-fledged general manager for the Flames. The team won’t have much cap space to work with this summer, so they’ll need a focused plan.

Feaster hasn’t always been very savvy with contract negotiations – the bloated contracts he signed Dan Boyle and Brad Richards to ultimately forced the Tampa Bay Lightning to part ways with both key chips – but he does have a Stanley Cup on his resume. With those factors in mind, it will be intriguing to see how well he handles tough calls, such as whether or not he’ll attempt to re-sign bargain veterans Alex Tanguay and Brendan Morrison.

Feaster and the Flames won’t have to deal with the tough task of re-signing Glencross in July, though, after all.

Oilers get Kronwall’d – in more ways than one

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When someone gets clobbered by Niklas Kronwall, they get Kronwall’d.

(His detractors may insist that the definition require the words “dirty” or “illegal,” but that’s a debate for another day.)

It’s easy to get lost in those thunderous hits and forget that the  Swedish defenseman also brings some skill to the table.

He made a big impact – literally and figuratively – in Detroit’s 4-3 overtime win against the Edmonton Oilers on Friday.

First, the Kronwalling:

Next, Kronwall’s overtime-winner:

It hasn’t always been pretty, but the Red Wings are leaning on guys like Kronwall and Dylan Larkin to stick with it.

Tonight’s win extends their point streak to six games (4-0-2), with five of those contests going to overtime.

Dubinsky – Crosby’s nemesis – gets the last laugh on Friday

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Brandon Dubinsky isn’t a household name like Sidney Crosby is, yet for all the hype that Crosby vs. Alex Ovechkin gets, Dubinsky is the sort of guy who truly rankles No. 87.

It’s been getting that spotlight since the Columbus Blue Jackets faced off against the Pittsburgh Penguins in a brisk playoff series, though it wouldn’t be surprising if the bad blood stemmed to Dubinsky’s days with New York.

To some, Dubinsky’s cross-check on Crosby will resonate far more than the end result of this game:

The bottom line is that he’ll get the last laugh, at least for now. (In-game, that moment merely drew a minor penalty.)

That’s because Dubinsky set up the overtime game-winner, and the cherry on the top of that spite sundae came with Crosby being on the ice when it happened:

They’re not just rubbing the Penguins the wrong way.

Even Dubinsky kind of sort of admits that he may have been in the wrong.


More and more, the Blue Jackets are looking like a nuisance … possibly one that will grind their way to an unlikely playoff berth. They improved to 8-4-0 in November after a disastrous 2-10-0 October.

In other words, there’s at least a chance that we may see these increasingly bitter rivals butt heads in another playoff series.

Eichel’s sweet snipe helps Sabres snap six-game skid

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The Buffalo Sabres probably deserved better during at least some chunks of their six-game skid, yet Jack Eichel swooped in on Friday to remind fans that there’s a light shining at the end of the tunnel.

You can watch his goal from tonight’s eventual 4-1 win against the Carolina Hurricanes in the video above.

That’s not necessarily the absolute height of his on-ice magic, yet it clearly gave his team a lift:

Call this a healthy reminder that Eichel has the ability to change games, something Buffalo fans hope to get used to.

Report: Likely no suspension for Matt Beleskey’s hit on Derek Stepan


Alain Vigneault went there in comparing Matt Beleskey‘s hit on Derek Stepan to the notorious check Aaron Rome delivered on Nathan Horton many moons ago, but the league seems to disagree.

While Rome sat through that memorable Stanley Cup Final between Boston and Vancouver, it sounds like Beleskey won’t face any further discipline, according to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun.

In the unlikely event that anything changes, PHT will make note.

The next game between the Rangers and Bruins takes place at Madison Square Garden on Jan. 11. Will these bad feelings linger?