Rugged forward Tanner Glass cleared waivers on Wednesday afternoon and the Rangers proceeded to assign him to the Hartford Wolf Pack in a move made to ease salary cap concerns and to reduce the NHL roster to a more manageable 22 players.
Alain Vigneault, who has coached Glass both in Vancouver and New York, admitted it was not easy to send the hard-working veteran to the minor leagues.
"(Tanner) is a true professional," the Rangers head coach stated after Wednesday's practice. "He got here through sheer determination and hard work. I had a long talk with him yesterday, and I'm sure he's going to go down there and work hard and we'll see how things unfold moving forward."
The Rangers now have 13 forwards and seven defensemen on the roster, along with two goalies. Emerson Etem, who has appeared in only one game so far, will be the lone extra forward Thursday when the Rangers host the Arizona Coyotes at Madison Square Garden.
"We haven't had enough time to see what Etem can do yet," Vigneault noted in explaining that as part of this decision to assign Glass to the Wolf Pack. "We're going to need some time to sort things out."
Glass played in two of the Rangers seven games this season after appearing in 66 contests during his first season in New York a year ago. In the home opener against Columbus on Oct. 10, Glass recorded two shots on goal, two penalty minutes and a +1 plus/minus rating in 12:19 worth of ice time. Three nights later against Winnipeg he played 10:39 and recorded another two penalty minutes.
The 31 year-old Glass has 445 games of NHL experience, having played for the Panthers, Canucks, Jets, Penguins and Rangers. He has totaled 560 career penalty minutes.
"There's some (salary) cap implications there," Vigneault added. "Obviously we know what Tanner can bring to the group, and it was a very tough decision to make for us."