When Glen Sather announced that the New York Rangers signed Tanner Glass on July first. There was a mixed reaction among the New York Rangers fan base. Many were angry at the general manager. Scrutiny has become the norm with almost all the transactions Glen Sather makes in New York. Three years for a depth player may seem like too much. The three year, $4.35 million contract might be a blessing in disguise.
When Derek Stepan was hit in the head in last years Eastern Conference Finals, who was there to protect him? Tanner Glass will be that guy!
Tanner Glass is a gritty forth-line penalty killer that doesn’t shy away from contact and physicality. Something the New York Rangers have been seriously lacking in recent years. Tanner Glass has 913 career hits, in only five full seasons in the NHL. Averaging about 2.22 hits per game. This team gained a valuable grinder that will check anyone.
He will drop the gloves to protect his teammates. Tanner Glass has fought sixty-four times in his NHL career, including eight times this past season. One of which was against New York Rangers’ Derek Dorsett on November 6, 2013. A fight Tanner Glass won pretty easily. He will fit well on the forth line with Dominic Moore and whoever coach Alain Vigneault decides to put on the right side.
Tanner Glass wasn’t brought in for offense. He was brought in to serve as a checking line winger to replace Derek Dorsett.
Last season Tanner Glass had fifty-seven blocked shots. More than New York Ranger forwards Brian Boyle (fifty-four), Brad Richards (forty-three), and almost as much as defenseman Anton Stralman (sixty-four). Tanner Glass will not score too many points. He’s a tough customer that’ll make teams think twice before going after one of our players.
Many New York Ranger fans hated Kevin Klein and Benoit Pouliot at first, but by season’s end. Those same people were heavily cheering them on. Many fans disliked Martin St. Louis. Due in part to Ryan Callahan going the other way to the Tampa Bay Lightning. The outrage built by the end of the regular season. However, many fans forgot about the transition struggle when he lit up the scoreboard during the postseason.
Glen Sather was bidding against other teams for Tanner Glass and his services. This is why he got three years.
Glen Sather isn’t a rookie General Manager. He’s made questionable moves in the past. However, this was not one of them. $1.45 million Average Annual Value is a great price for a gritty, tough, fearless player like Tanner Glass. Bigger free agent names like Scott Gomez. Have a way of disappointing fans in New York.
Tanner Glass hasn’t played a game in New York yet. Given time he will impress.
While players that cause the most question and doubt upon signing. Are the ones that gain the most notoriety by season’s end. Benoit Pouliot being case and point. Give Tanner Glass a few games in a New York Rangers jersey before coming to any conclusion.