Can the Flames afford to re-sign Curtis Glencross and Brendan Morrison? Is GM Jay Feaster unable to talk contract with his pending free agents until the off-season? Read on to find out!
CALGARY SUN: Eric Francis believes Flames forward Curtis Glencross is in line to triple his $1.2 million salary on the open market, his 23 goals this season proof he’s a legitimate second-line scorer who adds toughness and an ability to kill penalties. Francis believes Glencross has played his way out of Calgary now that Daymond Langkow and his $4.5 million salary for next season has been given clearance to return. Francis also doubts the Flames can re-sign center Brendan Morrison, who’ll likely seek more than the $725K salary he accepted when he signed on following a training camp tryout, plus there’s concern about the 35-year-old’s knee, which almost certainly needs surgery.
Francis also reported Flames interim GM Jay Feaster denied a report claiming he recently told an agent his “interim” tag prevents him from negotiating contracts with his free agents. Feaster and Flames president Ken King said there was no truth to this, adding he has “full obligations and responsibilities in every senses” involving transactions.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Most general managers tend to wait until their club’s respective seasons are over before getting down to contract talks with pending UFA players, as they want time to evaluate their roster needs for next season plus get a handle on how much available cap space they’ll have to work with. I think it’s apparent Feaster will be sticking around after this season even if his bosses are keeping the “interim” label until season’s end. Not sure if Glencross will “triple” his salary but I could certainly see him doubling it this summer, and unless Feaster can shed some salary I doubt they can afford to re-sign him. Same goes for Morrison unless he’s willing to accept another one year deal worth less than $1 million. It’s also doubtful they can afford to retain Alex Tanguay and Anton Babchuk.