CALGARY, AB --
In addition to resigning Alex Tanguay
, one of the biggest priorities for the Calgary Flames is to keep emerging winger Curtis Glencross
with the team.
The winger is set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1st but is hoping to resign with the Flames before then.
"I've got some meetings here in the next few days and we'll see how it goes from there. I think both sides want to get talks going, that's the way it sounds right now. We'll wait and see what happens.
"I'm real comfortable right now. Obviously my ultimate goal is to stay here in Calgary and stay a Flame. I'm from Alberta. That's where my home is. But I'm sure if something doesn't get worked out, which hopefully we can get something worked out, obviously I won't be back next year."
The biggest concern Glencross has going forward is the length of term. He and his wife welcomed their first child this year and want to have stability going foward.
"That's our biggest factor right now, having a long-term deal. Let's start with that and see where it goes."
The 28 year-old had a career year, recording 24 goals and 43 points in 79 games. When asked what impacted his break-out season the most, he pointed towards the men behind the bench.
"I think we kind of got it figured out, between the coaching staff (and myself). We kind of figured each other out early in the season and it's been good from there on."
He also was able to mesh well with his linemates this year. He, Olli Jokinen
and David Moss
almost seemed unstoppable in the month of February and the coaching staff weren't afraid to dole out the minutes to the trio.
"I had some good chemistry with Mosser and Olli and a few guys. It's a matter of getting more minutes, getting put in more situations. It makes you a more confident player and that's where you have your success.
"Team success comes from individual success. But in order to have individual success, you need your team. We started figuring it out as team in the last half of the year and we're going to take that into next year."