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Glass sees right through the pressure

Ex-Canuck set to leave 'that stuff' behind, focus on game

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This article was published 13/9/2011 (3325 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

Tanner Glass, who will wear No. 15 for the Jets, has been on True North's radar since the Moose urged his signing by the Canucks in 2009.

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Tanner Glass, who will wear No. 15 for the Jets, has been on True North's radar since the Moose urged his signing by the Canucks in 2009.

The signing of left-winger Tanner Glass by the Winnipeg Jets figures to be valuable for his on-ice edge and his reputation as a stand-up guy in all situations.

The bonus of adding the 27-year-old Regina product will almost certainly be his experience of the last two seasons in the fishbowl that is the world of the Vancouver Canucks.

Not every one of the relocated Atlanta Thrashers will need advice or assistance, but it's quite a distance from toiling in relative obscurity in Atlanta to landing in the middle of the biggest sports story in the history of Winnipeg.

"Especially with all the pressure the last couple of years, being expected to win it all," Glass said, wholeheartedly supporting the premise of that question. "Really, the only thing I would say is to leave that stuff outside the locker-room.

"That's one thing I think we were good at in Vancouver, taking that stuff with a grain of salt. You've got to answer the questions every day, of course, and be good about it, and you may not want to answer some of it sometimes, but that stuff has to be external. It has to stay out of our locker-room.

"If we do that, we can be successful."

Glass is one of the last arrivals among the Jets projected regulars, having driven over from Regina on Sunday night.

"I've only been here a couple of days but first impressions are good," he said after Tuesday's informal workout at the MTS Iceplex. "The city seems excited, it's a good bunch of guys and I'm excited to get this going."

In one sense, all positive, Glass is two years late to Winnipeg.

He was signed to a two-way deal by the Canucks in the summer of 2009 at the behest of the Manitoba Moose. He had been up and down in the Florida organization and had been a frequent, tough opponent in Rochester, N.Y.

The Moose even placed his bio and information in their 2009-10 media guide, but Glass played far too well with the Canucks to ever be sent back to the AHL.

He had three goals and 10 points last season in mostly fourth line, energy duty.

Now he's here under the best circumstances, with a nice raise to $750,000 on the July 1 opening of free agency.

"That morning, it was great to have a couple of options and good options, too," he said. "I was excited to get it done."

He has watched Winnipeg's enthusiasm from afar all summer.

"I don't think it's really surprising," he added. "I expected this kind of hype around the team. I knew they'd do a good job with everything and they have. It's been first-class all the way."

Unlike almost all his teammates, Glass has had the shortest of summers, after the Canucks went to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup final with the Bruins in June.

And rest and relaxation took a back seat to getting married July 23, barely a month after the final game.

"It just didn't seem like a rest (after the Cup final) when you're worried about so many things," Glass said.

"It (summer) was short but it was good and I was excited about signing in Winnipeg when that came about."

 

tim.campbell@freepress.mb.ca

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