Welcome Curtis Glencross to the trade rumor mill


After seven years and over 400 games played, Curtis Glencross could be on his way out of Calgary after he was asked to submit a list of teams he would be willing to join:

It’s not surprising to hear things have gone this way. During the offseason, the 32-year-old Glencross confirmed he was talking to Flames GM Brad Treliving about a new contract, but said he wouldn’t take another hometown discount — like he did four years ago, signing a $10.2 million deal ($2.55M cap hit) — and hoped the Flames would appreciate what he did for them in the past.

“It’ll be a little bit different this time around,” Glencross explained. “I told them when we did the last deal that I love playing at home and I’ll take kind of a hometown discount hit so we could make this team a better team.

“I might only have a couple more contracts left in my career, and this is probably the biggest contract of my career. The Flames have to know that as well, and hopefully they take it into consideration, what I did the last four years.”

This year, Glencross’ minutes are down — to 16:51 per game, his lowest total in four years — and he sounds unhappy about a diminished role under Bob Hartley.

“I’m disappointed in that circumstance,” Glencross said, per the Calgary Sun. “I feel like I can give more to this team and I can be used more on this team.”

This probably won’t scare off potential suitors.

At his best, Glencross is a physical forward with a big shot, and a good nose for goal. He scored 50 for Calgary between 2010-12 and is rather affordable with the aforementioned $2.55 million hit. Teams would also have the option to invest in him solely as a rental (no question he’s willing to go to market, given the quotes above), or they could try and negotiate an extension.

Various media outlets seem to think a Glencross trade will come to fruition. Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman mentioned as much in his latest 30 Thoughts:

For the season, he is fourth among Flames’ forwards at 16:52 per game, but that changed once he returned from injury last week. His highest total since is 15:42, but three games were below 14 minutes.

Glencross has no-trade protection, but that hasn’t stopped the likes of Boston, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay (possibly) and Winnipeg from sniffing around at various points this season. No one is talking, but it doesn’t seem like contract talks are gaining traction. It is believed Glencross prefers Anaheim, but it would surprise no one if he works with the Flames to widen that list.

And the Calgary Herald brought up the idea as well, highlighting Glencross’ recent production woes:

He hasn’t scored since Dec. 29 against the Los Angeles Kings and hasn’t had a point since a pair of assists on New Year’s Eve against the Edmonton Oilers.

Which explains why his name was brought up to Hartley prior to Wednesday’s game against the visiting Minnesota Wild (Glencross, for the record, was not made available for comment at the morning skate).

“There’s no one we give a goal when it comes to production,” he said when asked about the possibility of Glencross’s name coming up during the 2015 NHL trade deadline.

Related: Glencross already getting questions about waiving his no-movement clause