Flames Trade Glencross to the Washington Capitals

USATSI_8393815_154158418_lowresThe Calgary Flames have traded forward Curtis Glencross to the Washington Capitals in exchange for two picks at the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.

“I think we need to get a little bit deeper at the forward position,” said Capitals head coach Barry Trotz. “We have a good forward group. We’ve got four young players there, and I don’t think you can ever be deep enough at any position as you’re going into the playoffs. After (the NHL Trade Deadline) tomorrow, you really don’t have any opportunity to add, so I think that’s why most teams want to do that.”

In 53 games with the Flames this season, Glencross has 28 points. In seven seasons with Calgary, the 32-year-old skated in 418 games and posted 114 goals. His best offensive season came when he put up a career high 26 goals in 2011-2012.

The Capitals will look to use Glencross to bolster their forward group, obviously, and it’s possible that he’ll slip into the right wing position despite being a natural left winger. Washington has been looking for a first line right winger to skate with Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom and it’s possible the former Flame could be the man for the job.

Washington is in possession of the first wild card spot in the Eastern Conference, trailing the New York Islanders by eight points for first place in the Metropolitan Division.

The Flames, meanwhile, are tied for third in the Pacific Division and are three points back on the Minnesota Wild for the second Western Conference wild card spot. In other words, they’re still in the mix. Sort of.

Glencross, for all intents and purposes, had wanted to stay in Calgary. The Flames didn’t agree with what he was asking for in terms of a contract extension and off he went. He had to waive his no-trade clause to do so.

“We ask our players, we talk about ‘all in,’ we talk about this being one group, and these are difficult days,” Flames general manager Brad Treliving said. “This is a very, very tight knit group, and when one player leaves it’s a difficult time, and I think it’s been difficult for Curtis over this process the last little bit. So we want to first, number one, thank him for all the stuff that he’s done as a member of the Flames and a member of the Calgary community.”


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