Curtis Glencross is hanging up his skates.
Glencross, who’s only 32 years old, made the announcement today via TSN’s Darren Dreger. The decision comes after a tough September in which Glencross attended two training camps on professional tryouts — in Toronto and Colorado — but failed to secure a contract.
That set the stage for retirement, a fairly significant decision from two-time 20-goal scorer with over 500 games on his resume.
The bottom fell out quickly for Glencross. Heading into last season, his agent had “numerous” discussions with Flames GM Brad Treliving about an extension, but Glencross was quick to point out he wouldn’t take a hometown discount — something he said he did on his previous deal, a four-year, $10.2 million contract.
What followed was a less-than-stellar campaign.
His role was reduced under Bob Hartley and, at the deadline, Glencross was traded to Washington — a move that failed to pan out. Glencross had a decent showing in the regular season (four goals and seven points in 18 games) but was a non-factor in the playoffs.
There were no takers for his services in free agency, which led to the PTOs.
As it stands, Glencross could be the poster boy for ramifications of the league’s new financial structure.
He, along with the likes of Devin Setoguchi, Andrej Meszaros, Tomas Kopecky, Lubomir Visnovsky, Daniel Paille, Derek Roy and Jan Hejda all went to camps on tryouts but failed to land NHL contracts, as most teams didn’t have either 1) the necessary cap space, or 2) the necessary roster space to bring in a veteran skater.
Several of those players, like Roy and Setoguchi, opted to sign overseas.
Glencross opted to call it a day.