It wasn’t supposed to be this way. It was supposed to be the summer it all paid off…the summer of free agency and the big payday.
It hasn’t worked out that way at all for 32 year old former Flames winger Curtis Glencross, released by the Maple Leafs from training camp and already has a 2nd PTO (professional tryout) on the go.
Glencross is in the middle of a seismic shift in NHL rosters. Essentially, the middle class (like our economy) is being eliminated. Players reaching free agency are finding there’s no market for them because teams are spending much of their salary cap on their core players and finding minimum wage youngsters with speed to fill out the roster.
Like the enforcers last season, the extinction happened right before our eyes and was a fact before many even realized it.
So it is for Glencross, a popular Flame during his six and a half seasons here who’s timing looks like it couldn’t be worse.