Alain Vigneault was asked on Friday what Tanner Glass brings to the Rangers lineup and why he holds a spot. (NYR)
Vigneault said that with Glass "what you see is what you get" and that he is an honest player who brings a physical element to the team that can help wear down the opposition.
He said that Glass defends his teammates and that while he doesn't produce offensively the "physicality that he brings and it's very well respected by his teammates and his peers and he brings something to this group that you need on different occasions."
Vigneault said that on some nights the element that Glass brings isn't needed and speed and skill might be but "he does bring an element that we need."
He added that the physical play and wearing down of opponents that occurs during a series may not come to fruition until later in the series and "playoff hockey is a process and about wearing the opposition down."
Vigneault added that he doesn't read social media and wasn't aware of all of the dislike for Glass.
Adam Rotter: Glass is playing game one for the Rangers and that was determined long ago. All of the yelling, complaining and metrics won't change the fact that Alain Vigneault views him as one of the top 12 forwards on the team.
That being the case, Alain Vigneault has to be willing to make changes to the lineup if the Rangers find themselves down in the series, even if it's just 1-0. No one on the roster brings the physical element that Glass does but is that worth keeping in the lineup when a guy like Oscar Lindberg, if given the chance, might be able to impact more and different areas of the game?