Tanner Glass says Danny Briere is the dirtiest player in the NHL

Greg Fiume

And yet he's just so darn lovable.

When you think of "dirtiest player in the NHL," you probably think of Matt Cooke, Todd Bertuzzi or Jordin Tootoo.

Penguins forward Tanner Glass thinks of someone else, according to Randy Miller of the Courier-Post:

According to Glass, there's a dirtier player than Penguins forward Matt Cooke, who has a long resume of ugliness in his game and just last week ended Ottawa Senators superstar Erik Karlsson's season with a controversial skate-to-the-tendon incident.

His choice is Danny Briere, the Flyers' lovable little forward who has scored a lot of goals and put up a lot of points playing amongst a lot of much bigger fellows.

"I think so," Glass told the Courier-Post before Wednesday's Flyers-Penguins game at Consol Energy Center. "For being a guy who is known as a skill guy, an offensive player, if you look back at some of his clips, his play in the past ... there's some dirty plays. He'll give you a stick in the ..."

But he's so lovable! (A little more objectivity from Miller would be nice.)

On the surface it seems like a suprising nominee from Glass, who admits that he has no personal history with Briere at all. Briere has been suspended three times for seven games and fined over $250,000 in his career, but many would consider his teammate Scott Hartnell as more of a "pest."

NHL fans: What do you think about Tanner Glass' opinions on Danny Briere?

UPDATE: Miller talked to Briere after the Flyers' 6-5 win, and the forward had some funny retorts:

"Maybe he's trying to be (former NHL bad boy) Sean Avery wanting to stir the pot," Briere said after a wild Flyers' 6-5 victory over the Penguins. "You know what, at least I'm leaving an impression out there. Has he left an impression?"

...

"Honestly, I didn't even know who he was," Briere said of Glass. "It's funny how a guy like that who played about three years in the league thinks he can come in and make comments like that.

"I might have played once against him in Winnipeg. Maybe we have our history in PlayStation. That's probably where he remembers me from. That's about the only place I played against him."

Touche.

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