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Glencross raring to return

RANDY SPORTAK

, Last Updated: 9:13 AM ET

It was one week, but to Curtis Glencross, it feels like the longest in history.

The Calgary Flames winger was suspended the past three games for a blindside hit on Chris Drury of the New York Rangers last weekend.

Glencross can return tomorrow night against the Colorado Avalanche.

"I'm going to be excited to get back at it," said Glencross, who watched from the press box on the team's three-game road trip.

"I was having a bit of difficulties before I got suspended, just little things, so it has been good for me these days to practise. It's not fun skating every day and lift weights during the game, but it can be good."

Glencross is still frustrated to have been suspended and to lose more than US$18,000 in salary.

"There are other guys in the league that have made worse hits than I had, and you don't see them getting penalized for it," he said.

"I don't know if it's picking a guy like myself to send a message to the rest of the league or what it is, but that's what I've got to deal with. It sucks, but what can you do."

Glencross is hoping to improve on his four goals and six points in 15 games so far this season.

"I want to come back and feel fresh, have a different mindset on things and different perspective. I want to clear my head and come to practice and start over," he said.

"It's punishment having to watch them and sit out, but you can get upstairs and watch. You can watch your systems and watch how guys play, so you can learn a lot of stuff."

Struggling in the games prior to his suspension, Glencross went from a top-line role to the fourth line when the incident happened.

A lull in level of play happens in the ebb and flow of a season, but he knows he has to pull his game up soon.

"You expect more out of yourself, and sometimes when things aren't going right and you try to do extra and then get on edge, it's tough to get in the flow of things," he said.

"I expect more from myself."


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