Glencross, 31, has been hampered this season by a knee injury that cost him 15 games and, most recently, a high ankle sprain that saw him miss the past 29 games for the reeling Flames. While even the most optimistic of Flames fans cannot picture a playoff push with 17 games remaining, these games will hopefully provide a springboard for Glencross fitness wise as he readies himself for a pivotal 2014-15 season.
Entering the 2014-15 season, Glencross will be in the final year of his current deal. At the age of 31, turning 32 mid-season, this will surely be Glencross’ last chance to sign a lucrative, long-term contract. Not only would a boost in fitness allow Glencross a chance to hit the numbers he’s capable of producing, but it would also aid the Flames’ management team as they debate on the length of term they’re willing to offer him contractually, assuming Glencross remains in their future plans.
Glencross, when healthy, is an adequate, top six forward capable of producing 25-30 goals a season, as evidence by his haul of 24 goals in 2010-11 and 26 goals in 2011-12.That being said, the Kindersley, SK native has missed 67 games since signing a four-year $10.2 million extension with the Flames in the spring of 2011.
It is important to note that mutual admiration does exist between the Flames and Glencross. Glencross took less money in 2011 to stay in Calgary while the team has recognized Glencross’ contributions both on the ice and in the locker room by choosing him to be an alternate captain.
Both Glencross and the Calgary Flames will be hoping Glencross’ injuries are in his rear-view mirror. The remaining games this season will, ideally, provide Glencross with a chance to get his legs back and get ready for the 2014-15 season.