Glencross sets his sights on 30 goals this season
CALGARY, AB -- Like most players, Calgary Flames winger Curtis Glencross wants to improve on his all-around game each and every season.
But he also looks to hit certain offensive marks, setting his sights on goals, assists and points totals he feels are within reach.
This year? He's aiming for 60 points.
"30 and 30," he told CalgaryFlames.com. "30 goals and 30 assists."
Glencross' goal production has risen every year since joining the Flames in 2008-09. His first year in Calgary saw him post 13 goals. He followed that up with a 15-goal performance in 67 games in 2009-10. He surpassed the 20-goal plateau in 2010-11 when he potted 24 through 79 games. Glencross then pushed past the 25-goal mark in the 2011-12 campaign with 26 tallies to his name.
"You set goals for yourself every year. My goals last year were 25 goals and 25 assists. I was close to accomplishing that.
"So this year, I want to hit 30 and 30 but, at the same time, I want to be a player that can be relied on in all situations. I want to do whatever I can to make the team successful."
Under former head coach Brent Sutter, Glencross' responsibilities on the ice grew steadily and last year, he was used primarily on the second line that was counted on not only to produce offensively but to quell the opposition's top players.
Being asked to perform that kind role was something Glencross relished and he took on the challenge with enthusiasm. He is looking forward to working on his play in the neutral and defensive zones this year.
"That's something you always want to continue to work on and get better at," he said of his defensive play. "I want to be a responsible player in all three zones."
The Flames will have three new faces behind the bench this year with the additions of head coach Bob Hartley, associate coach Jacques Cloutier and assistant coach Martin Gelinas. After connecting with the new bench boss, Glencross noted Hartley's enthusiasm jumped out at him.
"I've talked to Bob two or three times on the phone," Glencross stated. "He's excited. He's pumped to come in and he's ready for the season. He's really excited about the group of guys we've got here."
The Provost, AB product will also have some new teammates when the season rolls around. During the off-season, Flames general manager Jay Feaster has acquired KHL standout Roman Cervenka, forward Jiri Hudler and blueliner Dennis Wideman.
"They're very skilled players and they're all very creative," he said of the new additions. "I think bringing them into the fold is going to help our team a lot.
"I'm really looking forward to getting going."
Glencross signed a four-year, $10.2 million extension with the Flames in May 2011. His 2012-13 cap hit sits at $2.55 million.