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NHL Free Agency 2012: Penguins Sign Forward Tanner Glass

The Pittsburgh Penguins added the former Winnipeg Jet to improve the team's back lines and penalty kill.

TORONTO, CANADA- JANUARY 5:  Tanner Glass #15 of the Winnipeg Jets stretches in the warm-up prior to a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on January 5, 2012 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
TORONTO, CANADA- JANUARY 5: Tanner Glass #15 of the Winnipeg Jets stretches in the warm-up prior to a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on January 5, 2012 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
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Although it was not the big splash fans were expecting the Pittsburgh Penguins to make on Sunday, the team did sign a free agent during the early portion of free agency, inking former Winnipeg Jets forward Tanner Glass to a two-year deal with an average yearly value of $1.1 million.

Glass, 28, is coming off a season where he played in a career high 78 games where he recorded five goals and 11 assists. He is most known for his physical play, as he ranked 10th in the NHL last season with 246 hits. He also has experience on the penalty kill, as his shorthanded playing time averaged at 1:46 per game during the 2011-2012 season.

Although he lacks the scoring prowess, Glass is expected to contribue to the team's fourth line and provide protection for the star players.

For more news and analysis on the Pittsburgh Penguins during free agency, visit PensBurgh.

Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.