Glencross opts to stay with Flames
|Curtis Glencross, scores on Chicago Blackhawks goalie, Corey Crawford, in third period action at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary on Monday February 7, 2011. (DARREN MAKOWICHUK/QMI AGENCY)
Curtis Glencross took what most would consider a big hometown discount to stay in Calgary.
The new father, husband, and Calgary Flames winger has inked a four-year deal worth $10.2 million rather than test the free-agent market.
"He gave up a lot," said his mom, Robin Glencross, from their Red Deer home. "But the kids will know their grandparents and aunts and uncles."
Curtis and his father Mel were out checking on cattle early Monday morning, and while the Flames scheduled a 2:30 p.m. press conference, Glencross' name wasn't on the list of attendees.
It's believed the Flames will announce the removal of the 'acting' tag placed in front of GM Jay Feaster's title when he took over the role from Darryl Sutter mid-season.
Glencross scored a career high 24 goals and 43 points in 79 games with the Flames last season.
With a $2.55-million salary-cap hit per season, Glencross can be considered a bargain if he continues to progress the way he has since joining the Flames as an unrestricted free agent July 2, 2008.
The 28-year-old spends plenty of time killing penalties, scoring a pair of shorthanded goals last season, and has shown he's capable of contributing offensively as a top-six or top-nine forward.
Avoiding hitting the open market July 1, the Provost product earned a nice raise from the $1.2 million paycheque he earned in his third season with the Flames last year. But there are thoughts he could have seen even more of a jump had he tested the waters.
Instead, he went with familiarity and family. His wife Tanya also has Alberta roots, and the couple celebrated the birth of their first child in March.