After signing Brett Kulak yesterday, the Flames have just Sam Bennett and Tyler Wotherspoon left to sign. Most people (myself included) are hoping that a Jaromir Jagr contract is on the back-burner, ready to be signed once Bennett’s contract is taken care of.
That may be the case, but the news we got today is that former New York Rangers legend Tanner Glass will be attending Calgary’s training camp on a professional tryout.
To put it very nicely, Tanner Glass is not a competent NHLer at all and should not be playing for any team that considers themselves a playoff contender. Of course, that has not stopped him from spending lots of time in the NHL with the Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Rangers in recent seasons. NHL coaches cannot seem to resist him, but hopefully Glen Gulutzan can see through his spell.
In 511 career NHL games, Glass has a career Corsi For of 41.6%. Yeah, I do not know how he managed to get into 511 games while being so thoroughly dominated in possession, either.
At age 33, there is no untapped potential, if anything, he will probably be worse than his career norm. However, there is no reason to fret just yet. The Flames brought in multiple players on PTO’s last year, like Chris Higgins and Lauri Korpikoski, who ended up getting cut in training camp. Of course, they did also sign Nick Grossmann...
Teams need to play a minimum amount of veterans in preseason games, so Glass helps meet the quota here. A reasonable scenario would be that he ends up playing for Stockton on an AHL deal, as the Flames already have a face-puncher that cannot play on a 2-way contract in Luke Gazdic.
Of course, if he somehow gets an NHL contract after all is said and done.... Lets not go there yet.