CALGARY, AB -- Curtis Glencross kicked off his week just like he would any other day. Out on
his farm just north of Calgary, the 28 year-old tended to his cattle and fixed some fences before coming in for lunch.
Then his day shifted out of the ordinary. In the afternoon, Glencross made the biggest move of his professional career when he signed a long-term deal with the Calgary Flames. The Provost, AB native is now locked up for four more years with the Flames.
"I'm excited," he told CalgaryFlames.com. "I wanted to stay in Calgary and stay in the organization. It's a relief to get it out of the way."
General manager Jay Feaster echoed Glencross' enthusiasm over the $10.2 million deal.
"It's very exciting to be able to do that. We have a lot of priorities here this summer, in this off-season and certainly one of them is Curtis Glencross," Feaster said on Monday afternoon. "To be able to get him signed to a four-year deal and have him be with us for that period of time, he's going to be an important part of our success going forward."
The length of term and the no-movement clause were the most important aspects for Glencross, who celebrated the birth of his first child with wife Tanya this March and wanted to ensure stability for his family.
"That's the biggest thing we were looking for when we started talking, a long-term deal," he said. "That's what we ended up signing. Getting a no-move clause was one of my biggest deciding factors on signing the contract."
No-movement and no-trade clauses have been known to handicap teams in the past but Feaster said that circumstances surrounding the contract made it essential to include.
"The no-move, we've talked about that before and certainly we want to be judicious in giving those ... If you go out and look at what the market might have been able to deliver for him, I understand in where he's coming from in asking for the no-move. It's a hometown discount because he wants to be here.
"So from that perspective, it's a good contract for us and as a result we were prepared to go ahead and give him that no-move."
Glencross chose to bypass free agency, and quite possibly more money, in order to stay in the organization in which his career has blossomed.
"No question, I wanted to stay here. I've had some pretty good years here and think it can only get better."
Glencross is coming off a career campaign that saw him score 24 goals and 43 points through 79 games. The gritty winger was utilized by the coaching staff in all situations and became a key factor on the penalty kill.
"It's nice to set myself with the season I had last year. The confidence that the coaching staff and organization had in me, it built my confidence as we moved forward through the year. Signing this new deal and knowing that the organization has faith me in, that's another confidence booster going into next year."
Feaster was quick to note the club believes Glencross will continue to built on his points total and overall performance.
"He had such a tremendous season last year, a career year for him. We think that he is on the upswing. We don't think that this past season was the anomaly. We think he's going to take off from here."
Re-signing Glencross knocks one pending free agent off the Flames lengthy list. Brendan Morrison, Alex Tanguay, Henrik Karlsson, Adam Pardy, Anton Babchuk, Brendan Mikkelson, Brett Carson, Steve Staios and Fredrik Modin will all become UFA's on July 1st.