The Calgary Flames seem likely to trade second-line winger Curtis Glencross before the NHL trade deadline.
The Flames are reportedly working with Glencross, who is on the final year of a contract that carries a full no-trade clause, on expanding the list of teams he’s willing to be dealt to. Their efforts have proved successful as the 32-year-old middle-six forward has expanded his list to five teams.
Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman updated the situation during the Headlines segment on Hockey Night in Canada on Saturday night:
The Calgary Flames are working with Curtis Glencross to try and facilitate a trade.
Glencross has (no-trade) protection, initially it was believed the only team on his list was Anaheim. Now it’s believed to be expanded: L.A., Tampa Bay, Nashville, and Chicago, among them. The Blackhawks are believed to have interest.
Of course, they continue to work, player and team, to see if they can make that list grow larger.
Glencross is a useful piece, and has played very well in extremely difficult minutes for the Flames this season. He remains an above average middle-six forward, and if the Flames can’t move him or find good value in a trade before the NHL Trade Deadline, then at least he’ll provide value as something of an “own-rental”.
If the Flames can net a decent return, something which becomes more likely as Glencross’ list expands, then it may well make sense to move the veteran forward. It goes without saying that, for a club that is still several years away from credibly contending for a Stanley Cup championship, a second-round pick or a B-level prospect is more likely to helpful when it matters than a 35-year-old Glencross would be.