We’re wanting more size and faster players. We’ve got some smaller, skilled guys too that are pretty crafty with the puck, so I think it’d be good to get a good mixture of both in there. - Curtis Glencross
CALGARY, AB -- The grimace on the face of Curtis Glencross said enough.
Meeting with media in his final act of duty before heading into the offseason, the 30-year-old knew the first order of business would be to talk about the letdown of missing out on playoff action for a fourth consecutive season.
"It’s disappointing obviously," he said. "It’s too many years in a row that we’ve missed the playoffs. [Management is] going to do some work this summer to make it so this is the last time in a while hopefully and go from there."
Jay Feaster is the one tasked with the work Glencross described and Calgary has plenty of ways to improve their standing heading into next season.
With three first round picks and a plethora of cap space, the Flames' general manager has many tools in his arsenal to improve Calgary's chances at their first post-season appearance since 2009.
The first order of business in Glencross' eyes?
"We want to get bigger and more gritty," he said.
The size and toughness Glencross identified is set to compliment the youthful enthusiasm of some of Calgary's younger players both already in the lineup and hoping to find themselves on the roster come September.
Young legs equate to a faster team. A faster, tougher team to play against could put Calgary back in a playoff picture.
It's a direction the 6-foot-1, 197-pound winger is satisfied with.
"I think we’re getting younger, we’re getting faster and that’s kind of where we’re at right now," said Glencross, whose team-leading 15 goals would have put him on pace for the first 30-goal campaign of his career.
"We’re wanting more size and faster players. We’ve got some smaller, skilled guys too that are pretty crafty with the puck, so I think it’d be good to get a good mixture of both in there."
Which could change Glencross' grimace into a smile starting next season.