We have talked about Curtis Glencross and what he might cost to the Edmonton Oilers. When I posted a number (3 years, $1.8M a year) it was met with some resistance and in fact it looks to me like the Oilers will be able to sign him for slightly less.
In an Edmonton Journal article today Jim Matheson writes “The Oilers are likely pitching UFA winger Curtis Glencross a two-year deal in the $1.1M dollar range, but his Saskatoon based agent Dave Kaye may be looking in the $2M neighborhood, citing Glencross’ goals-to-icetime ratio last year.”
The goals to minutes argument is easily countered by “he’s only done it in a very short period and has no history of success that would compare to his last 150 at-bats” which could be called the “Tuffy Rhodes” argument.
They could meet in the middle (2M + 1.1M divided by 2= $1.55M) and the Oilers will still come in under what I’d estimated (1.8M). There’s also a chance the Glencross side holds out for more.
And chances are they get it, if not from the Oilers then a team badly in need of someone who has shown ability (in a very short term) to play with abandon and score goals. Is he proven? No.
Does it matter? Not this UFA season.