Francis: ‘Glencross a guarantee to move’


Curtis Glencross has played seven seasons with the Calgary Flames, but could be traded out by the March 2 deadline. (Jason Franson/CP)

The Calgary Flames are set to enter the stretch run in a fight for a Western Conference playoff spot.

If the Flames are to succeed in reaching the post-season for the first time since 2008-09, it will likely be without the services of veteran forward Curtis Glencross.

Sportsnet analyst and Calgary Sun columnist Eric Francis joined Brady & Walker on Sportsnet 590 the Fan Tuesday to discuss Glencross’s future as the March 2 trade deadline approaches. According to Francis, the Flames have lost interest in Glencross as a piece in the long-term plan.

“He’s a guarantee to move,” Francis told Brady & Walker.

Glencross expressed his dissatisfaction with his usage under head coach Bob Hartley last week and said he was asked by the club to provide a list of teams to which he would accept a trade. The Flames are reportedly unwilling to engage in contract extension talks with Glencross, who is in the final year of his current deal.

“This should have been kept behind closed doors,” Francis said. “[Glencross] basically said he wanted out because the Flames weren’t willing to talk to him about a contract extension.

“Brian Burke said the money and the term he wants are not unreasonable, but we’re certainly not paying them.”

So where is Glencross most likely to land?

“The usual suspects are Boston, Pittsburgh, the teams that rent a winger every single year,” Francis said. “His wish list did include Chicago, Anaheim, L.A., and Tampa Bay.”

Glencross, who has eight goals and 27 points in 50 games this season, has been relegated to third-line duty with Joe Colborne and Josh Jooris of late.

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