Glencross: Show me the money

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:43 PM ET

After a career-best 24 goals this winter, Curtis Glencross expects to celebrate that accomplishment this summer.

When asked whether hes looking for a big raise or if he would be happier with a long-term deal, the Calgary Flames winger admitted hes set his sights high for pending NHL free-agency July 1.

From what Im making right now, its obviously both, said Glencross, who made US$1.2 million this season.

I want a long-term deal. Thats our biggest factor right now.

During the 2010-11 season, the 28-year-old went on a bit of a roller-coaster ride.

In December, he was a healthy scratch for a few games, but he got hot in January and February. He finished with career-bests in points (43), powerplay goals (3) and game-winning goals (4).

After cleaning out his locker Monday at the Saddledome, the Alberta product said staying in Calgary would be an ideal situation, as it would mean staying close to home.

Plus Glencross found chemistry late in the season with centre Olli Jokinen and winger Rene Bourque.

All that factors into his decision, but it will come down to getting the best deal, so dont expect him to take a hometown discount.

Im real comfortable right now, said Glencross, who became a father for the first time about a month ago. My ultimate goal is to stay in Calgary. I would like it to get worked out and be back here next year.

Im 28 years old now, but I feel like Im just getting comfortable. Ive always been a late bloomer. It takes me a bit to get comfortable, and I feel real comfortable here.

Obviously, my goal is to get 25, 30 goals next year and the same with assists.

The Flames have a handful of unrestricted free agents and not a lot of cap-space available to make deals unless they shed big contracts.

Glencross and first-line winger Alex Tanguay top that UFA list, and both are due for raises.

On defence, veteran Steve Staios will hit free agency, along with Anton Babchuk and Brett Carson.

Its unlikely Staios would come back, as his cap-hit was $2.7 million this season and he wants to see what his value is on the open market.

In the final two weeks of the season, Carson played in Staios place, and his performance would dictate the Flames would like him back.

It makes it a little easier, obviously, said Carson, who was a trade-deadline waiver pickup from the Carolina Hurricanes. If I came in and didnt play any games, it would be a little tough to think about getting a contract here next year. But playing those few games was good. I think I showed them that I can play in the league and play on this team.

Centre Brendan Morrison is also a UFA, but he will have knee surgery Tuesday and is facing a rehab of about six months. The Flames also have four centres signed for next year if David Moss stays at that position.

Overall, the pending UFAs all say they would like to come back, including backup goalie Henrik Karlsson, who only appeared in 17 games as caddy to Miikka Kiprusoff.

I hope to be back here, Karlsson said. I want to stay in this organization for a long time. We will see what happens during the summer.

I have a feeling they want me here. My feeling is they might be interested, but I definitely want to come back, so well see what happens.

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