As far as backup plans go, this seems like a pretty good one. Perhaps, the third time will be the charm for the Detroit Red Wings when it comes to making a deal with the Calgary Flames.
Having already struck out twice in their attempt to acquire Calgary’s two marquee players: Jarome Iginla and Jay Bouwmeester, the Red Wings third attempt at a transaction with the Flames could land them that valuable top six forward Ken Holland has been searching for. At the center of much speculation is forward Curtis Glencross, a player who many expect will be the next Flame to board an Air Canada flight on his way out of town as Jay Feaster’s Alberta fire sale continues.
The 30-year-old Glencross would be a nice addition to a Wings forward group that could use some secondary scoring assistance. A very economical contract with a cap hit of $2,550,000 per season and 2 years still remaining on his deal makes Glencross an especially attractive commodity for the Wings.
Although Justin Abdelkader has done a reasonable job on Pavel Datsyuk‘s left wing, at 6’1, 195lbs Glencross would provide the Wings with not only a physical presence but another scoring threat as he leads the Flames with 14 goals this season. Also, considering that the Flames only received 2 unsigned college players and a first round pick for Jarome Iginla, the asking price for Glencross should be manageable for Holland and company.
Ultimately, to see Glencross in Red Wing red would a welcomed change as he has been a constant thorn in Detroit’s side through the years.