Tanner Glass has yet to play a game with the Pittsburgh Penguins, even though he was acquired by the organization this past off-season. He probably had no idea after being signed by the Penguins to a two-year, $2.2 million contract that, instead of playing for Pittsburgh, he would be playing in Europe for the Slovakian team HC ’05 Banská Bystrica (also called Barani for short) for the 2012-13 season.
The NHL lockout has been changing the plans of a lot of NHL players this season and the longer it lingers, the more and more of them are making the decision to play overseas. It’s been reported that Glass signed with Barani this past Saturday. The only other NHL player on the team is Michal Handzuš who plays for the San Jose Sharks. Glass is now among his fellow Penguins teammates Evgeni Malkin (Metallurg Magnitogorsk – KHL, Russia), Dustin Jeffrey (KHL Medvescak Zagreb, Croatia) and Deryk Engelland (RIHK — Rosenborg Ishockeyklubb Elite, Norway) who are playing in Europe during the lockout.
Reports also mention that Vancouver Canucks defenseman, Aaron Rome (who is a friend of Glass), may join him in Slovakia after Christmas.
Prior to joining Pittsburgh this past July, Glass was playing for the Winnipeg Jets for the 2011-12 season and the Canucks for two seasons before that.
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