New Penguins forward Tanner Glass spoke with the Post-Gazette this afternoon to talk about his new two-year contract worth a total of $2.2 million.
Here is the transcript:
What enticed you to come to Pittsburgh?
"A chance to be part of a winning team. Talking with the coach this morning, kind of what my role will be with the team. Having a chance to contribute to the success of the team. It’s a really good thing to be a part of I think."
Did you talk to the Penguins coaches about any specific role they envision for you?
"We talked a little about my style of play and what I can bring to the team in that respect. I don’t expect to be starting on the third or the fourth line or anything. What he said to me is that you’ll be given an opportunity to move up and down the line up as your play dictates and hopefully kill some penalties. Be a pain to play against and be reliable when you’re out there."
The Penguins struggled on the penalty kill in the postseason. Do you think that's part of the reason they were interested in you?
"It could be. They still have a good (penalty killing) team I think. When you look at some of the forwards the Penguins have, playing against those guys and watching them each night, they have some really good guys out there. I hope I can come in and contribute to this team on the penalty kill. It’s something I worked hard on the past few years of my career. It’s a lot of fun to do. I really enjoy it."
Last season with the Jets, you were 10th in the NHL with 246 hits. Do you think the Penguins' style will fit your skill set?
"That was one of the thing that drew me. They have an up-tempo style of game. On the offensive side of the puck, it’s really dynamic. When you don’t have it, it’s really fun to be part of the forecheck. Trying to read those passes and intercept plays and try to be a pain in the rear end out there. I think it’s a brand that suits me very well."
You fought seven times last season. Is that a vital part of your game?
"In my pro career, it’s become a part of my game I enjoy. I like playing a physical brand of hockey. I don’t mind doing it."
What do you know about the Penguins?
"From who I talk to, the players really like it in Pittsburgh. From what I know, the culture around the team is really good."
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