Breaking on TSN.ca: Dick Tarnstrom has been traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets for Curtis Glencross, whoever that is. His scouting report from TSN:
Assets: Is an industrious, physical forward who usually keeps the game as simple as possible. Can score goals on occasion, and is a solid role player.
Flaws: Must fill out his 6-1 frame in order to become an NHL regular. Will always need to outwork opponents, as he's not good enough to make it on talent alone.
Career potential: Reserve winger.
Wow, that's not especially exciting. Brad Isbister, anybody?
Anyhow, he's 6-6-12 and plus-3 in 36 games for the Jackets this year. Don't have time to look at what kind of minutes he plays. If anyone knows more, please post here.
Bonus fun fact: He's a former Duck (signed in '04), so it's like Lowe got to make one last trade with Brian Burke, but did it through the equally familiar but expontentially more cordial Scott Howson instead.
Oh well. We weren't playing Tarnstrom at all, so something for nothing. I guess?
UPDATE 8:15 p.m.: Donald of UAA Hockey Fan Blog (good read, incidentally, I urge you to check it out) writes in to shed some light on this mysterious former Alaska-Anchorage Seawolf name called Curtis Glencross:
Chris,Lord knows we could all use something to like about the Oilers these days.
Was reading about the Glencross trade to the Oilers and figured I'd share some thoughts ...
Curtis is the kind of player that a lot of fans latch onto as a favorite for one reason ...
He brings it every shift.
I watched a couple of his good development years (02-04) here in Anchorage with the Alaska-Anchorage Seawolves in the NCAA. He put up 21 goals in 35 games as a sophomore in a league that many would argue (former WCHA players have been quoted) is as good as the AHL. I'm not saying that he is any sort of sniper but he can bury the puck. He skated most of this season on a line with Fedorov and was doing so mostly to create space for Fed's. If he can find a good situation (fit) on a line with the Oilers then he could bag 20 goals. But all that supposition aside ...
He loves the hitting game. He was known in the WCHA for it. I guess I'd liken him to a Parise (at NJ) but perhaps without the "pure knack" for the net.
When he played here in Anchorage we fell in love with his play because his heart was so huge. He could literally take the team on put it on his back with just his effort. He was inspirational. He played with an excellent playmaker so that helped his good
numbers (20+ goals in a WCHA season is real nice). He "LED" the team to it's best post season finish.
I was sad to lose him after just two years. I was glad to see him catch on with Hitchcock in Columbus (who loved his ethic) so I hope Lowe has a little patience if Curtis doesn't light it up right away. The more minutes he plays the more positives there'll be
for the Oilers. There's definitely a few sad folks in Columbus because ... like I said ... he's one of those "fan favorite" kinda players.
Good luck with him. I hope you learn to love "some dude". I'm thinking you will. The more you watch the more you'll like.