TORONTO - Tanner Glass knows a thing or two about playing in a rabid Canadian hockey market.
The new Winnipeg Jets forward, who was signed to a one-year, US$750,000 contract on Friday, held a conference call with reporters on Saturday and talked about being under the microscope during the upcoming season.
“When Winnipeg came up as an option, being the first season and being so close to home, it was a good fit for me and I’m really excited to be a part of it,” said Glass, a 27-year-old from Regina.
“I’m expecting it to be a lot like it was in Vancouver this year. Being in a hockey market was important to us. Winnipeg is going to be great hockey market, maybe the best out there.”
When Glass signed with the Canucks in 2009, many figured he’d be with the Moose, but instead he became an NHL regular.
“Coming out of Florida, I was a bit of a castoff from them. I was hoping to get a shot full-time and I did that in Van. It was a great couple of years, to be honest,” said Glass, who had three goals and 10 points in 73 games last season. “I’m an up-and-down winger, I’m going to finish every check in front of me and try to create energy when I’m out there. Some of my strengths are playing on the wall and grinding it out in the corners.
“You’re not going to see me make too many highlight-reel dangles or 1-on-1 plays. I’m going to come to the rink and work hard every night and hopefully impress the fans that way.”
Glass likes the way things are shaping up with the Jets roster.
“It’s a young team with a ton of potential really,” said Glass. “I don’t know it as well as some of the other teams we’ve played against in the Western Conference the past couple of years. In looking at the roster and the age of some of the guys, some of the guys have been high draft picks the past couple of years. It’s a good young team that’s going to grow over the next few years here.”
Making the run to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup final this spring is something he’ll take as he joins the Jets.
“That’s a tough one, it just kind of blurred together. People say it must have felt so long but it really felt so quick,” said Glass. “It was go, go, go every day. One thing that was unique about our team in Vancouver, every day we can to the rink with smiles on our faces, having a good time. Coming to the rink with a new outlook every day and going to work and working on what was in front of you each day, it gave us energy each day.
“(In Winnipeg) for us at the start of the year, it’s going to be crazy with all of the hype. We’re going to have to focus on the process. It’s going to be a lot like the playoffs were last year.”