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Tanner Glass injury a big setback for Pittsburgh Penguins

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Pittsburgh Penguins have had so much bad luck with injuries this season that it’s hard to keep up with. Beau Bennett is scheduled to miss upwards of eight weeks after having surgery on his hand and Paul Martin won’t play for an unknown amount of time after sustaining a lower-body injury.

They join Chuck Kobasew, Brooks Orpik and Tomas Vokoun as injured regulars. While this IR list suggests a serious dent in Pittsburgh’s depth, no one will be tougher to replace than Tanner Glass.

There is nothing flashy about the way he plays the game, but the compete level that Glass brings to the ice on a nightly basis for the Penguins is nearly impossible to replace. He hits more than anyone not named Matt Martin, and is a more physical presence than guys like Dustin Brown or Steve Ott.

For a talent-rich squad like Pittsburgh, Glass provides an important wrinkle. The Pens will be without that wrinkle for a few weeks after Glass broke his hand against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday.

That’s a tough break for a team that just can’t seem to catch any this season. While their top-end centers have managed to stay healthy, the Pens have had a hell of a time trying to ice solid wings and defenders.

Tags: NHL Pittsburgh Penguins Tanner Glass

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