Tanner Glass addresses his ” haters” and calls them what they are “uneducated”

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The Rangers have evened this best of seven, second round series against Ottawa thanks in no small part to Tanner Glass. Yes, the much and often maligned heart and soul player that relies on intangibles like grit and toughness that “new age hockey fans” hate.

Addressing the Haters

For the second time in these playoffs, Tanner Glass has had to address silly questions about his game that are driven by the advanced stats community. The first time came after game 1 in Montreal where he scored the game winning goal.

Glass was asked about being in the lineup based on analytics and if he was glad his coach played a hunch. A hunch? How insulting, but Glass answered that with class and explained how analytics are great but as of today they don’t measure everything.

Last night, it happened again. The fact that he needs to answer these questions are insulting enough, but this is what he had to say.

“My game’s not one that’s easy to like at times. People who know hockey. Your coaches. Your teammates. Those are the important people and they’re supportive,” he said. “You know what? The people who do say those things don’t know much about the game, or being part of a team. Part of a locker room. Especially in a game like hockey. It’s a physical game. There’s so much that goes on, that the average fan doesn’t understand. To me, when I hear that stuff, it seems to be uneducated people.” via Puck Daddy

If you thought Tanner Glass was done being cheered after the game was over, you were wrong. All over social media, plenty of fans weighed in on his comments, but the most epic response game from the crew on NHL Network. They posted his quote and then gave him a standing ovation.

New Age Hockey Fans STILL Don’t Understand Glass’ Value

Even after two games and 3 assists later, there is a significant portion of fans that claim Glass has done nothing and having Pavel Buchnevich in the lineup would have resulted in the same result. While that may be true, you are still dealing in IFS. What is known is that Glass has had a significant impact for the Rangers and especially his 4th line teammates.

Why? Is it because of his corsi? At 47% it’s ok but not great. Or how about this new fangled favorite stat, P/60 (points per 60 mins of play) which leads the team with a staggering 4.96 (Oscar Lindberg is the closest regular with 2.49). Well it’s stats like these that those in the stats community are shielding themselves behind. Their defense? Well, if he always played like this we wouldn’t complain. Another one I see is, “this isn’t about him as a person”, as they try and explain why they’ve given him such crap over the years.

Well….I’m calling BULLSHIT! And no, you don’t get let off the hook using “this was never about Tanner Glass the person”. You know why? Because the constant maligning and badgering on  blogs and social media have given license to a sizable contingent of fans who have said some horrible things about Tanner Glass. Sorry guys, but you own that.

Click Here and Here is you want some relatively PG examples.

The bottom line is simple, if you don’t understand that fancy stats can’t measure all aspects of the game then you are as “uneducated” as Glass says. You obviously have lost sight of all the intangibles that are an integral part of sports, especially hockey. In essence many have become stats blind and it’s a shame.

Glass and Buchnevich Going Forward

Let’s be clear about something now, Tanner Glass has always played this style game. It is a simple north/south style where he forechecks and makes life a living hell for the opposition. The only difference now, the puck is going in the net for him and his linemates. It won’t last, and as soon as it doesn’t the same people will be screaming for Buchnevich during the game.

What will last is the same hard nosed edge that makes life difficult on the opposition defense. His game also allows the rest of the team to play a little bigger, as former player’s like Ron Duguay and Steve Valiquette have said during post game shows.

As far as those of you screaming for Buchnevich, he will likely get another chance in these playoffs. Especially if the Rangers advance and play a more skilled team like Pittsburgh. Should the rookie get back in, AV needs to get him on the 3rd line because he isn’t suited to play on a 4th. It just isn’t his style to go out and forecheck and play defense first for just 9 minutes.

Ultimately, this is all the current argument is about. Tanner Glass IS a 4th line type player and Buchnevich IS NOT. Next year, Buchnevich will likely be given a top 9 role at the very least. He has a bright future coming up as a Ranger but for right now, Glass fits the bill to a T!


  • It’s nice to see his hard work being rewarded. His only wrong was accepting a contract that paid him too much in fans’ minds. All he has ever done while with the Rangers was work his tail off and be a great teammate. How many other veterans would have take a demotion and go to Hartford and become a mentor?

    One thing this hockey analytics can never measure is someone’s heart and the value he brings to the locker room.

  • There are 2 “stats’ in any sport that actually matter: W’s and L’s. These fucking analytics geeks are fucking tedious. SHUT UP and enjoy the WINS idiots.

  • These PC idiots are permiating ALL sports with their wussy panty hose ideas. One thing is certain– NONE of them have ever played any competitive, physical sport.
    Their ignorance shows as much as the runs in their stockings!
    They should do Hockey a favor and go back to hopscotch and suduko!
    They are a bunch of sissy losers!!!
    Leave Hockey to the men!

    • Hockey’s main problem is the thought they could garner more fans by eliminating fighting and adding gimmicks like 3 on 3 ot and shootouts. None of that have worked just like having professionals playing in the Olympics or hockey in warm weather climates.

      Men aren’t going to watch female figure skating if they allowed professionals. Hockey in America skyrocketed because of one event, a group of college kids from mostly Minnesota and suburbs of Boston beating a group of Russian professionals. And the kicker is 99.9% of the people who seen the game watched it on tape delay because it wasn’t even shown live.

      Stop catering to people who have ZERO interest in hockey and bring back the traditions and rivalries, not the NBC forced ones, and give the die hard what we have been missing since the mid 80’s. Fathers will pass their love of this great sport to their daughters and sons just like our fathers did. I hate saying Betttman is the sole reason but get a commissioner who isn’t a basketball guy and fix this sport.

      Like the hopscotch and sudoku line!

      • Scott Esposito

        I agree completely. Unfortunately, league/team revenues have skyrocketed and there’s even more money to be made, so Bettman doesn’t give a frig about us diehards. Just like teams. If somebody’s willing to pay $1400 for a premium ticket and $110 for a nosebleed pass, why wouldn’t the team take it? Lower-middle class diehards suffer as a result.

  • I have to agree, Mike.
    The great sport of hockey has been my favorite for over 60 years. It’s sad that for the last 15+ years the organization, the NHL, which is supposed to be the guiding force for the sport has be taken over by money hungry “businessmen” (sic) whose only mantra is “what can I do to make more money for myself”. The sport is just the vehicle that drives this ambition. It makes absolutely NO DIFFERENCE whether whatever is promoted is good for the game. The ONLY consideration is keeping themselves in power. The NHL is an absolute disgrace!!! Since this sleazeball Bettman has been in power, he has changed hockey from a sport to a moneymaking juggernaut for himself and his cronies. His “edicts” do nothing for the game except to put more money and power in their hands.
    A HUGE example—-In the last few years referees and linesmen have been effectively replaced by an ever growing list of situations where their decisions are questioned and overruled by some bureaucrat using admittedly high tech equipment to “get accurate results” of the referee and/or linesman’s calls on the ice.
    Hockey (AND ALL SPORTS) have been in the hands of in-game officials since time began! Sure mistakes have been made, but the fallibility of the officials applies to all teams, in all decisions. Sometimes they make mistakes; sometimes the mistake helps your team, and sometimes their mistakes help the opponents. It all averages out over time.
    The difference is that with the league CZARS making the calls, all spontaneity and excitement is taken away from the game. Split second decisions that were heretofore non-negotiable are commonly debated in some faraway location, causing game delays that can last indefinitely until some nameless bureaucrat makes up his mind!
    Why not just eliminate the game officials altogether and have the computers play the game!There are more and more decisions that interfere with the dynamics of the game, and the game is suffering because of that! Teams are becoming just like the general population, whiners that want to question any decision that has the potential to interfere with their own desires.
    What a shame!

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