Curtis Glencross made an impression in his short time with the Edmonton Oilers last season.
But it wasn't enough to keep him in town.
Yesterday Glencross signed a three-year, $3.2-million deal with the Calgary Flames.
"It was a difficult one," said Oilers general manager Kevin Lowe on the negotiations.
"We were for some time trying to get to a number with Curtis's side.
"There is always the dance when it comes to negotiations and as we moved along and it didn't appear that his number was going to be in the realm that we wanted to go," he added.
"We basically said that we were getting far down the path, we weren't sure if we were going to be able to have room (salary-wise) for that."
Glencross, 25, was acquired by the Oilers in February from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for defenceman Dick Tarnstrom.
He finished the season with 15 goals and 10 assists in 62 games, nine of which were scored in 26 games with the Oilers. He was a physical force for the club down the stretch.
"I wish we had been able to get something more concrete or get an answer from them a couple of weeks ago," Lowe said.
"But it appeared to us that they wanted to get to July 1."\