After experiencing the raw emotions of going from playoff hero to playoff goat in the same game, former Capitals forward Curtis Glencross is now looking for employment and could be headed to Denver for a tryout.
According to the Denver Post, the Avalanche is declining comment on rumors that the club is preparing to sign Glencross to a professional tryout contract.
Glencross, 32, had an unfortunate end to his brief stay in Washington. Acquired from the Calgary Flames at the NHL trade deadline in exchange for a second- and third-round draft pick in the 2015 NHL draft, Glencross scored the go-ahead goal for the Capitals in Game 5 against the Rangers in the second round of the playoffs.
It was his only playoff goal for the Caps. But with 1:41 separating the Caps from a series-clinching victory, Chris Kreider scored for Rangers to send the game into overtime, where Glencross’ neutral zone giveaway resulted in Ryan McDonagh’s game-winning goal. The Rangers also won Games 6 and 7 to advance, with Glencross a healthy scratch in favor of Eric Fehr in Game 7.
“Glencross, it looked like it was going to work early,” Caps general manager Brian MacLellan said in his post-season news conference with reporters.
“I’ve been watching Glencross since he broke into the (pros) in Cincinnati. He came in, he scored some goals for us early, and then some things went on that he kind of lost his game a little bit and I don’t think we had time to wait around for him to find it again.
“There is a good player in there; we saw a little bit of it. I made the point to the coaches, if we win (Game 5) when he scored that goal, it’s a great trade. That’s the fine line. (The Rangers) came back and unfortunately, they scored.”
Glencross made $2.5 million in the final year of his contract and the Capitals did not show interest in signing him in the offseason. Neither, it appears, has any other NHL teams.
Glencross told the Calgary Sun last month that he learned “you’re just a number” when it comes to the business side of hockey.
“If I could do it again … as much as I love (Calgary) and call it home and met great people, at the same time, when it’s time for you to cash in, you have to take advantage and cash in,” he said. “You can’t take a pay-cut or hometown discount because things change.”