Today in the every goal series, we look at now-departed winger Tanner Glass, Scrabble Champ, bear fighter and all-around good guy, and examine the three goals he scored for the Canucks in 2010-11. Additionally, we marvel at the fact that Joel “Cigar Guy” Perrault is in the background for two of them.
Looking solely at Tanner Glass’s goals isn’t particularly the best representation of what he brought to the Canucks. Over the course of two seasons in Vancouver, he only scored seven times, skating mostly on the fourth line. Offense wasn’t his bag. Rather, Glass earned a spot in the lineup in other ways.
A year after his grit and defensive responsibility earned him a semipermanent place on the third line, where his hands weren’t quite soft enough for this job, Glass’s hands were put to better use in 2010-11. Once Darcy Hordichuk was moved out of town at the close of training camp and Rick Rypien left the team for personal reasons, Glass found himself acting as the Canucks’ enforcer for much of the season, even in the wild. The Canucks also capitalized on his extraordinary leadership skills, using him as a constant and a mentor on a fourth line used primarily for the development of prospects.
So yeah. Tanner Glass isn’t a scorer. But bear with us, as we examine those rare instances in which he was. Here’s every goal he scored last season.
Basically, if Tanner Glass scores, your NHL team probably isn’t trying its hardest. Case in point: this goal, Tanner’s first of the season, which comes late in a blowout versus the Ottawa Senators. Look at Cory Clouston’s face. He’s thinking: Great, Tanner Glass just scored. I’m gonna get fired. He was right, too. Thing to note: Glass’s linemates here are Rick Rypien and Mario Bliznak.
The most pressing question surrounding this clip is whether Dale Tallon saw it before he gave Ed Jovanovski 16.5 million dollars over four years. Because, if he did, he’s paying over four million a year for a guy that let Peter Schaefer walk around him. Seriously, Jovo basically holds the door open for him. Anyway, Schaefer makes the pass to Glass, who, unlike Ed Jovanovski, makes no mistake. If you’re wondering, Glass’s other linemate here and in the next clip is Joel Perrault. But you probably weren’t wondering. I digress.
The last goal Tanner Glass would score in a Canucks uniform opened the scoring in one of the best games of last season, when the Canucks beat the Blackhawks 3-0. The play begins with Dan Hamhuis throwing a puck on net, which leads to a juicy rebound. Jannik Hansen gets tangled up with both Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook, allowing Glass to be the first one on the rebound despite skating halfway across the zone to get there.
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