It took until October 3rd last year before Tanner Glass signed an NHL contract with the Calgary Flames, but there won’t be any last minute deals this time around. Glass has signed on to play in France this season with Bordeaux, which could mean an end to his NHL career.
Glass, 34, played 16 games for the Flames last season after his heroic playoff performance for the New York Rangers in 2017. The tough, physical forward recorded zero points for Calgary but racked up 19 penalty minutes including three fighting majors. In France, perhaps he’ll be able to rediscover some of the offensive touch he had at Dartmouth where he was nearly a point-per-game player in his junior and senior seasons.
Originally a ninth-round pick by the Florida Panthers back in 2003, Glass made good on his draft position by playing in 527 NHL regular season games and 67 more postseason contests. Though he was never much of an offensive threat, he can still proudly look back at a long professional career in North America that spanned a full decade. Teams looking for toughness on free agency will have to look elsewhere now, while other players in France will have to keep their heads up.