Report: Capitals frontrunner for Glencross trade

Kevin Hayes scored the only goal necessary, and Cam Talbot made 21 saves to help their New York Rangers down the Calgary Flames 1-0 on Tuesday night.

Could Curtis Glencross be the piece the Washington Capitals are looking for?

The veteran wing is undoubtedly on the market, and the Capitals are the frontrunners to land the 32-year-old’s services, according to Sportsnet The Fan 590 radio host Andrew Walker:

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In his weekly must-read, Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman writes that Washington was not on Glencross’s original list of preferred teams to be traded to. (That would be Anaheim, Chicago, Los Angeles, Nashville and Tampa Bay). Friedman reported he wouldn't be surprised if St. Louis kicked tires on Glencross either.

The playoff-bound Capitals are rumoured to be looking for a first-line wing to complement leading scorers Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom. The right side is currently being held down by a rookie, 20-year-old Andre Burakovsky.

“Nicky and I have good chemistry, obviously. You just have to play simple," Ovechkin said earlier this season of their third wheel. "He’s going to have a great future. He just has to play smart and play easy. It’s always nice when you play with good players. You learn a lot. It’s his first year, but he’s going to be really good.”

Glencross, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, has been dissatisfied with his ice time in Calgary.

He has eight goals and 19 assists in 51 games this season.

Much like fellow trade bait Olli Jokinen, Glencross has just six games of playoff experience in his NHL career.