Feeling Ducky again

STEVE MACFARLANE, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:06 AM ET

The fact Curtis Glencross feels the way he did four years ago has to be a good sign.

Back then, the current Calgary Flames forward was coming off the high of an extremely successful rookie tournament with the Anaheim Ducks, where he played on a line with stars-in-the-making Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry.

"They're going to be superstars," the 25-year-old Glencross said yesterday, remembering the Ducks victory in the four-team tournament (Anaheim, Phoenix, L.A., and San Jose) back in 2004. "Our line was the top three scorers in the whole tournament."

Glencross topped the trio, scoring six goals and eight points in three games.

"Coming into camp this year is kind of like that -- the confidence I had coming out of the rookie camp, then going into main camp.

"I'm excited to get going. After our last game, we kind of showed we're going to be a team that's going to be better. We're going to have a good team. It's going to be fun."

Glencross might not be at the same level as his former rookie camp teammates from Anaheim, but he has high hopes for himself in what's technically going to be his sophomore season after playing a career-high 62 games in the NHL last year with the Edmonton Oilers and Columbus Blue Jackets.

"You definitely set goals for yourself. I want to try to be a good defensively sound player and get on the (penalty kill) as much as I can. At the same time, I'd like to be a 20-goal, 20-assist kind of guy, a 40-point guy for this year," said Glencross, who potted 15 goals and added 10 helpers last season. "If I can get more than that, great.

"I feel I'm capable of one day reaching that 30-goal mark and hopefully I can do that in the next couple of years here."

Despite being raised in Provost, Glencross claims to never have had an allegiance in the Battle of Alberta.

"I wasn't really a big fan of either," said the Kindersley, Sask., native. "Most of my life, I was more of a Leafs fan than anything. My uncle, he's from Ontario, and my dad's a Leafs fan," admitted Glencross.

"I idolized players like Doug Gilmour when I was watching the Leafs."

Don't hold it against him. At least Gilmour was a Flame.

Iggy game for pre-season

Don't tell Jarome Iginla it's just the pre-season.

The Calgary Flames captain wants to play.

As head coach Mike Keenan was asked about any hesitation to play stars in division rivalry games that are meaningless in the standings, he mentioned Iginla was charged up.

"(No hesitation) at all, because we're going to have to compete against them this year and that's part of the formula for success," said Keenan.

"In fact, Jarome has asked me if I would play him in all the games because he wants to get finely tuned for the start of the season.

"I don't know if I'm going to do that, but he would like to play them all because he feels he can get his timing and really push his game to the upper limits, which he wants to have in place to start the season."


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