Arron Asham decided to take his talents and one-game suspension to Broadway yesterday by signing with the Rangers. That left a pretty big hole on the Penguins’ fourth line and Ray Shero filled it with Tanner Glass. It was really the only NHL move Shero made on the opening day of the free agent frenzy.
He’s no Zach Parise, but Glass brings a lot to the table for the Pens now that Asham is gone and Matt Cooke has cleaned up his game. And his two-year deal that pays him $1.1 mil per, didn’t kill the Pens’ cap book either, especially since Brandon Prust signed with the Habs for $10 mil over four years.
Glass is perfect for the Pens’ fourth line opposite of Craig Adams. At 6’1, 210, he has no problem crashing the net on the rush and he can lay defensemen out in the corners – his 246 hits last year can attest to that. He has no problem sacrificing his body to block shots, he plays on the penalty kill (something Asham was to slow to do) and in 262 NHL games, he’s been in 40 fights. The guys is basically sandpaper on skates. He should do quite nicely in the Burgh.
The fact that he had other options and chose the Pens is huge too. Apparently, the Canucks offered him the same deal as Shero, and even though Glass made it to the Cup Final with the Canucks two years ago, he still picked the Pens. For a guy that’s been there more recently than the anyone else on the Pens team, he knows what it takes and must like what he sees Shero putting together.
Glass is still just 28 and if he can continue to develop a bit over the next two years, he could be a Pen for the long haul as their primary grinder that pisses opponents off by dropping the gloves and lighting the lamp on occasion. Last year with the Jets, he scored a career-high 5 goals and added a career-high 11 assists while collecting 73 penalty minutes and throwing down 7 times…one of those times just happened to be against Asham. Glass handled himself pretty well against a guy who puts people to sleep.
We can’t say it enough that with Glass’ style and the price Shero got him at that this was a super move for the Pens. Canucks and Jets fans loved him while he was there so we have to think Pens fans are going to back him the same way we backed Asham…until he cross-checks someone in the throat. And it’s not like he’s just a little goon running around (he’s never been suspended); Glass is a Dartmouth man so combined with Adams, a Harvard guy, the Pens instantly have the smartest fourth line in the history of hockey…even if Tyler Kennedy gets plugged in as their center.
Arron Asham signed a two-year, $2 million contract with the New York Rangers over the weekend. The Pens re-signed him last June at a rate of $775,000 for one year of service, but the front office did not offer him anything this offseason. During his two year tenure with the Penguins, he tallied 10 goals and 17 assists.
Asham had previously played for the Islanders, Devils, Canadiens...
The Penguins on Sunday signed free-agent forward Tanner Glass to a two-year contract on the first day of NHL free agency.
Pittsburgh, with money to spend this offseason and eyes on bigger prizes later on, will pay Glass, 28, $1.1 million per season. The veteran had 246 hits and 51 blocked shots for Winnipeg last season, and will fill the hole created when Arron Asham signed with...
Second chances are a wonderful thing, aren’t they? One player who I would like to see in Vancouver providing Prust doesn’t sign with the Canucks is a good, solid character guy. He has a fine head of hair, he’s handsome and he has an awful first name. Tanner Glass.
Name: Tanner Glass
Size: 6’1″, 210 Lbs
Why the Canucks might want him: Tanner Glass is a player that...
The New York Rangers have added grit and experience to their lineup by reaching a deal with forward Arron Asham on the first day of NHL free agency.
A 13-season NHL veteran, Asham spent the past two years with Pittsburgh. He had five goals and 11 assists in 64 games last season. Overall, he has 92 goals and 206 points in 756 career games split between five teams.
Asham broke into...
Penguins announce 2-year deal for Tanner Glass, $1.1M per.
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Glass is a solid bottom six guy:
He was top ten in the league in hits:
Good signing and value for the Pens.
The Pittsburgh Penguins signed forwards Tanner Glass to a two-year contract and Riley Holzapfel to a one-year deal Sunday. The hard-hitting Glass, whose salary averages $1.1 million annually, had career highs of five goals and 16 points in 78 games last season for the Winnipeg Jets. He led the Jets with 248 hits. Glass is expected to take over Arron Asham’s spot on the fourth...
When the Rangers inked Taylor Pyatt to a two-year deal last night, there were more quizzical expressions than when the Rangers signed Arron Asham. The signing of Pyatt likely means that Ruslan Fedotenko is done in New York, like the way Asham’s signing meant Brandon Prust was done in New York. The swapping of bottom-six players isn’t all that uncommon, as players bolt for paydays...
Much noise was made yesterday when the Rangers went ahead and signed Arron Asham to a two year deal worth $1 million per season. At the time of the deal, Brandon Prust had not signed, but all had assumed that Prust would be signing elsewhere. About an hour later, Prust signed with the Montreal Canadiens with a whopping four year, $10 million contract.
For those keeping track, the...
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