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Sides continue to work on a deal

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:11 AM ET

Curtis Glencross isn't sure where he'll be hitching his wagon this season, but right now he's settling for Ponoka, where he's on the pit crew of a buddy's chuckwagon team.

"It's something different, you get away from everything for a weekend and go," he said, adding he's no stranger to the environment. "I grew up riding and my parents rodeoed when I was younger."

Right now he and his agent David Kaye are trying to lasso a contract with the Oilers, but it's been slow going. The Oilers say he wants too much money for a fourth-line winger and Kaye says that's because Glencross, who scored 15 last year, is more than a fourth line player.

"We were kind of hoping to get something done by the draft," said the 25-year-old winger. "But at the same time there's still two weeks left."

Both sides are in good bargaining positions: Glencross becomes a UFA July 1; the Oilers already have a fourth line winger in Raffi Torres who can fill the role. That's why things are moving at a snail's pace. On the bright side, both camps want to get a deal done.

"It's all between the Oilers and my agent right now," said Glencross, adding the two sides met again during the draft. "I leave it between the team and the agent, that's what they get paid to do."

He says he'd like a two or three-year deal and isn't looking to break the bank.

"We're not asking for anything extraordinary, we're just going by what's out there in the market. That's all we're asking for. They're just trying to find a happy medium, that's all it is."

NOTES ... Torres is in Toronto, where a handful of his teammates will join him for his July 5 wedding. Here's hoping they don't take bachelor party advice from the Staal brothers.


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