The free agent market of 2015 hasn’t been kind to veteran NHLers. Players such as Lubomir Visnovsky, Jan Hejda, and Derek Roy have all had to settle for professional tryout offers (PTO), and none have signed. While a handful of players, including Roy and Devin Setoguchi, have signed overseas, former Capitals winger Curtis Glencross has elected to hang up the skates for good. Per TSN’s Darren Dreger, Glencross has elected to retire at the age of 32 to spend time with family.
Glencross attended both the Toronto Maple Leafs’ and Colorado Avalanche’s training camps on PTOs, only to be cut from both. Acquired by the Capitals at the trade deadline, Glencross scored seven points in 18 games, before becoming a spare part in the playoffs; often healthy scratched by coach Barry Trotz, and in Game 7 of the Caps’ second-round match with the New York Rangers, had a costly turnover that led to the eventual game-winning goal.
In 507 NHL games, most of them with the Calgary Flames, Glencross had 275 points (134 goals, 141 assists) and established himself as an NHL-regular at the age of 25. It’s unfortunate that Glencross did not sign with a new team. During his short time in DC, Glencross worked hard, giving his all every night. Here’s to a happy retirement for Curtis and his family
***There are six former Capitals that are currently unrestricted free agents (according to General Fanager)***
o Aaron Volpatti
o Matt Cooke
o Jack Hillen
o Tim Gleason
o John Erskine
o Scott Hannan
By Michael Fleetwood