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Glencross stays put

STEVE MACFARLANE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:50 PM ET

It would have been easy to trade Curtis Glencross.

Both sides admitted Monday they’re nowhere near a deal to extend his soon-to-be expiring contract.

And the potential unrestricted free agent has certainly upped his value recently while putting up impressive numbers and helping his Calgary Flames get into the thick of the playoff hunt.

“There was interest,” said Flames acting GM Jay Feaster Monday after the trade deadline passed. “We got calls about Curtis. We looked at the offers but, at the end of the day, there was nothing coming back that we felt would improve our hockey club more than having Curtis here.”

Glencross did get a scare on the plane ride to St. Louis. According to Sportnet’s Roger Millions who was on the plane, coach Brent Sutter, assistant Dave Lowry and special assistant to the GM Craig Conroy pranked the 28-year-old winger by calling him up to the front of the charter as if he’d been dealt.

Ultimately, though, the Flames hung on to all their pending UFAs, keeping forwards Brendan Morrison and Alex Tanguay and defencemen Steve Staios and Anton Babchuk in the mix despite the fact they might lose them for nothing this summer.

“We’re not there yet in terms of extending him,” Feaster said of Glencross, who has 20 goals and 33 points in 61 games this season. “We talked about it a great deal internally. We’ve had conversations and we’re not close to getting him signed.”

But he has been an important part of the surge in the standings and couldn’t be replaced. Feaster said any offers made for Glencross wouldn’t have strengthened the club.

“I would rather move forward the next month,” Feaster said. “I would rather have him in the lineup than not on our team.”

That’s something they risk come summer, and Glencross admits they’re looking for a long commitment.

“Yeah, we’re looking for a four, five-year extension for sure,” he said Monday after landing in St. Louis. “That’s something I’m sure we’ll be talking (about) for the next while.

“I don’t want to get into the details and stuff on it, but I think we’ll get something worked out eventually.”

steve.macfarlane@sunmedia.ca

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