The Elbow staff, with files from Brian Bueche
NEW YORK, NY – The Rangers announced on Sunday that they had recalled utility Tanner Glass from the AHL after the shock departure of the team's long-time skate sharpener.
Al Turner, the ten-year veteran, decided to step away from his position on Saturday, effective immediately, putting the team in the tough spot of needing to replace him before heading down to Tampa Bay for tomorrow's game.
"We weren't able to find anyone outside of the organization on such short notice in time for this four-game road trip," general manager Jeff Gorton said on Sunday. "But Tanner has a wealth of experience sharpening his teammates' skates and cleaning up the used stick tape after each intermission, so this was a no-brainer."
"We were going to offer him a couple of minutes playing time on the fourth line as added incentive, but he accepted the role before I even got to that part."
Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh said he and his teammates were looking forward to having Glass back.
"No-one ever gave as much care and attention to our skates as Tanner did when he filled in for Al from time to time," he said. "He'd often miss entire practices because he'd spend extra time making sure they were just right."
"The amazing part is that it never affected his ability to play at such a high level."
Gorton denied that Glass' call-up had anything to do with the existence of compromising images of head coach Alain Vigneault.