Sports New Flames forward Glass brings element of "intimidation"

12:27  04 october  2017
12:27  04 october  2017 Source:   Calgary Herald

Flames trim training camp roster by 10 players

  Flames trim training camp roster by 10 players The Calgary Flames have reduced their training camp roster by 10 players, the team announced Tuesday. The Calgary Flames have reduced their training camp roster by 10 player Forwards Brett Pollock, Morgan Klimchuk, Ryan Lomberg and Spencer Foo as well as goaltender David Rittich have been assigned to the AHL’s Stockton Heat. Wingers Hunter Shinkaruk and Emile Poirier along with defenceman Tyler Wotherspoon were placed on waivers for the purpose of being assigned to Stockton.

The Calgary Flames made their 23-man roster official on Tuesday ahead of the 2017-18 National Hockey League season. And Tanner Glass , who inked a one-year deal worth 0,000 on Tuesday morning, was on it.

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The Calgary Flames made their 23-man roster official on Tuesday ahead of the 2017-18 National Hockey League season.
And Tanner Glass, who inked a one-year deal worth $650,000 on Tuesday morning, was on it.
Glen Gulutzan recalled the 33-year-old Craven, Sask., native’s impact in the 2017 playoffs which saw him score one goal and three assists in seven post-season contests. But, moreover, the Flames head coach was intrigued by the winger’s gritty, hard-nosed, tough-to-play-against, ‘Don’t-mess-with-me,’ attitude which the team lost in the off-season with Deryk Engelland signing in Las Vegas and Lance Bouma in Chicago.
“He was very effective for the Rangers in the Ottawa series,” Gulutzan pointed out on Tuesday. “Ottawa had to change a bit of their lineup in response to the Rangers having Glass in. He adds that element of intimidation through hard work and physical play.
“That’s important to a hockey club.”
Glass could be an ideal fit for the team’s fourth line and has skated their for the majority of training camp, on Tuesday with Matt Stajan and Garnet Hathaway as the Flames practised before their season-opening contest against the Edmonton Oilers.
“I like rivalries,” Glass said with a grin. “They tend to suit my style of play. There is probably no better one than this one.
“I know the game is changing from (the fighting role) but you talk to guys, and they like to know they’re being taken care of. It’s something I have no problem doing and I’m proud to do. If something comes up, I’ll be the first one to do something about it.”
After fielding a few different offers this off-season, including returning to New York, Glass had chatted with the Flames during the summer’s free-agency period but eventually wound up signing a professional tryout offer.
So, needless to say, Tuesday’s news — putting pen to paper — was welcomed.
“It wasn’t easy, by any means, but I’m proud of the camp I had, said Glass who has two young children ­— Sawyer and Hayden — and a wife named Emily. “My family has been behind me the whole time supporting me. It made it a lot easier.”
Not only does the NHL veteran of over 500 contests bring toughness to the lineup, the six-foot-one, 213-pounder brings some experience.
In addition to the Rangers, he’s also skated for the Pittsburgh Penguins, Winnipeg Jets, Vancouver Canucks, and Florida Panthers who drafted him in the ninth round of the 2003 NHL draft.
Glass was noticeable all training camp, and provides an element to the Flames’ dressing room that they didn’t have.
“He’s a great guy in the room and first of all, he brings that to your group,” Gulutzan said. “He’s a guy you like to be around. You can tell that right away when you’re around him. He’s a big heavy body that provides energy when you’re around him. At the end of the day, there’s a lot of fighting that’s gone out of the game.
“But, still, what’s intimidating these days is guys that can skate and punish you and finish checks through you. He can do that.”

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