NO hard feelings, Jets fans. Left-winger Tanner Glass loved sharing the return of the Winnipeg Jets with you last season but he's back to try to send you home disappointed.
Glass and his new team, the Pittsburgh Penguins, meet the Jets tonight at the MTS Centre in the first of three Pittsburgh-Winnipeg games this season.
The 29-year-old Regina product said Thursday he's thrilled to be back in Winnipeg where he gave the Jets five goals and 16 points last season.
When free agency rolled around in July, the Penguins scooped him up with a two-year deal and a raise from $700,000 to $1.1 million per year.
The Jets did not chase the number but Glass said it's nothing to be bothered about.
"No, not at all; it's business," he said. "Life's too short to worry about that stuff. I made some great friends in this organization, players, management and everything, so no hard feelings at all and I'm happy to be back and playing here."
Before he came to Winnipeg, Glass played two seasons with the Canucks in hockey-mad Vancouver, so he was well-prepared for the fishbowl and euphoria in the Manitoba capital.
"It's hockey in a Canadian city," he said. "I really enjoyed playing here. I'd come back here in second. It's a great place to play for players and I think that's pretty universally known around the league. The guys that play here really enjoy it and I was one of them."
His one season with the Jets included being part of a popular, named forward combination, the GST Line with Jim Slater and Chris Thorburn.
"I don't know if I'll ever have a named line again or one with as good a name as that, one that stuck so well," Glass said.
Joining the highly touted Penguins has added a small bit of anonymity to Glass's life.
"It's definitely more anonymous," he said. "For myself, it's just my first few weeks but there are other big sports in Pittsburgh. It's a middle-American city and there are some people who wouldn't recognize me from a hole in the ground, which is nice sometimes."
Glass has moved to a team with some superstar talent, in particular Pens captain Sidney Crosby.
And what has he learned about Crosby from the inside?
"I'd say he's a little bit superstitious," Glass chuckled. "He does the same pre-game routine every day, the same things. around the rink with his sticks and even throwing the tape into his stall. More noticeable than most guys."