It’s hardly a stretch to say that shedding any of the $1.45MM/year cap hit Tanner Glass burdens the New York Rangers with is a good idea.
By Nick Adams
Waiving Tanner Glass was overdue for the New York Rangers. It was a good move for a team hand-cuffed by salary cap constraints and looking to roll four offensively productive lines. What remains to be seen is what additional activity the move will trigger, but there are a few players on the current roster who will benefit from his pending absence, namely: Jesper Fast and Emerson Etem (who isn’t going anywhere – get over it).
Regardless of your thoughts on the 31 year old Saskatchewan native, Glass’ 3-year $4.35MM contract, inked with Rangers on July 1st, 2014 has been a failed venture. Former GM Glen Sather’s penchant for enforcers was a strong impetus behind Glass’ acquisition following the departures of Dan Carcillo and Derek Dorsett in June of 2014.
Over a total of 87 games with the Rangers (68 regular season/19 playoff), Glass has amassed a stout 1G/5A/53SOG, a -13 overall +/- rating and 133PIM. He finished second on the team in hits behind defenseman Dan Girardi last season. On a team built for an up-tempo game, it’s hardly a stretch to posit that shedding any of the $1.45MM/year cap hit the sluggish Glass burdens the Rangers with is a good idea.