Glencross regrets taking hometown discount

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If Curtis Glencross could talk to his younger self, it sounds like he would have advised him to hold out for more money.

He signed a four-year, $10.2 million contract with Calgary back in 2011, but the Flames traded him to Washington in March of this year and now he can’t seem to secure a new contract with September just around the corner.

“I love my time in Calgary and the organization, but you learn that eventually it’s a business and you’re just a number,” Glencross told the Calgary Sun.

“If I could do it again … as much as I love (Calgary) and call it home and met great people, at the same time, when it’s time for you to cash in, you have to take advantage and cash in. You can’t take a pay-cut or hometown discount because things change.”

Glencross, who had 13 goals and 35 points in 71 games last season, admitted that this year’s free agent market has been frustrating. With a modest salary cap increase for the 2015-16 campaign, teams have been more disciplined in their summer spending than usual. He has been in talks with some organizations, but so far nothing concrete has come out of it.

“There’s still got to be something out there,” Glencross said. “I still want to play. I’m only 32 and thinking I have a few more years left in me.”