Rangers tough guy Glass says getting waived was ‘a little bit of a surprise’

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When Tanner Glass signed a three-year, $4.35 million deal with the Rangers last summer, he wasn’t expecting to be in the minors anytime soon.

But after clearing waivers last week, that’s exactly where he finds himself — with the Blueshirts’ AHL affiliate in Hartford.

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This year, he dressed for two of the Rangers’ first seven games but ice time was limited. When he was placed on waivers last week, the transaction was framed as expected by the New York media.

Glass?

“Yeah, it was a little bit of a surprise,” Glass said after practice at the XL Center Wednesday. “You sign a three-year, it’s tough to get sent down. But in my role and my line of work, there’s always competition for jobs. You have to show up to camp and earn a spot, and continue to do that throughout the year.”

Glass lost his checking line role to Emerson Etem, the speedy forward acquired from Anaheim in the Carl Hagelin trade, and Etem’s made good on the opportunity.

He played nearly 12 minutes in Sunday’s win over Calgary, scoring his first point of the season while replacing the quickness lost with Viktor Stalberg out injured.

As such, the 31-year-old Glass could be in tough to regain his spot in New York.

There’s also the not-so-small factor of his $1.45 million cap hit, as the Rangers get $950K of relief with Glass in Hartford.