After seven seasons as a Calgary Flame, unrestricted free agent-to-be Curtis Glencross is heading to Washington.
TSN’s Darren Dreger reported early Sunday afternoon that the Capitals have acquired the two-time 20-goal man in exchange for second- and third-round picks in the 2015 draft. Glencross, 32, has nine goals and 28 points this season in 53 games with the Flames, and could find his fit in Washington’s top-six as soon as tomorrow.
Earlier in the season it appeared Calgary and Glencross would work toward a new deal, but news came as the Monday trade deadline approached that the winger had submitted a list of teams that he would be willing to accept a trade to and the Flames would look to move him.
The concern with Glencross, though, is his injury history and streaky scoring. In the past two seasons, he has missed a combined 42 of a possible 144 games. Coming off of an eight-game absence due to a lower-body injury in early February, if Glencross can stay healthy his value to the Capitals could be tremendous.
Though it’s unlikely that Glencross will suit up next to Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom, he will afford the Capitals depth on the wing. Glencross has a cap hit of $2.55 million this season and the Capitals have only $48.8 million tied up in contracts for next season, this also opens up the possibility of Glencross re-signing with the Capitals at the end of the season.
While some may see the two high-round picks as an overpayment, the Capitals have as real a shot as any team to win in the wide-open Eastern Conference and Glencross can be a piece of that puzzle.
On the strength of the best season of Braden Holtby’s career and the defensive acumen of coach Barry Trotz, Washington has everything a team needs to make a Stanley Cup run.
For Calgary, however, losing Glencross and the placement of Mark Giordano on the injured reserve likely signals the end of their charge for a playoff berth. That’s not the worst news for Flames fans, though, as landing outside the playoffs could even give them an outside shot at landing the top pick, however unlikely that may be.
Even if Calgary were to have squeaked into the playoffs, the likelihood of the team going deep in the postseason, let alone winning a round, wasn’t very high. By landing two picks in the upcoming draft, Calgary now has a chance at adding more prospects to their system in hopes of speeding up the rebuild process.